I’ve been a sports fan since I was old enough to understand what sports were. I count myself fortunate to be from the New York Metropolitan area, where we have so many teams to choose from in the top five spectator sports. Up to now, our interest has been limited to only the competitive aspect of these contest, and perhaps a friendly bet here and there. However, this past May the U.S. Supreme Court voted 6 to 3 to allow states to legalize sports betting. New Jersey, home to nine casinos, acted swiftly. Within a month sports betting was authorized in the Garden State.
The money began flowing into the state's coffers immediately. After only four weeks New Jersey had raked in $325,000 in tax revenues, yet that was considered a slow start to what is expected to eventually yield a torrent of revenue for Trenton. These high expectations are based on the estimated size of the unregulated black market in sports wagering. A figure believed to be as high as $150 billion annually in the United States.
At this time, it is perfectly legal to place a sports bet at the following locations in New Jersey:
Which brings me to today's day travel suggestion, which is a trip out to Fanduel’s sports book at the Meadowlands Racetrack. I’m not sure just how much money was invested by Fanduel in this new endeavor, but it is evident to me that they intend to be there for a while. The betting parlor is a first class facility, which is every bit as up to date as similar sports books in Las Vegas. There are 27 big screen televisions hanging throughout the entire facility, comfortable seating, a bar, and a food court. All of which makes the trip out to the Meadowlands worth it in my opinion.
The Fanduel Sports Book at the Meadowlands is unique in that it will draw thousands of gamblers from nearby New York City, because New York has not legalized sports betting yet. However, New York's legislators are soon expected to follow New Jersey’s lead in search of additional revenue sources.
For now, Fanduel’s Meadowlands Sports Book at 5,300 square feet, and only minutes away from Manhattan will continue to be a magnet to sports bettors who have longed for a regulated and safe way to wager on sports for many generations.
Click on this moovit link for directions to the Meadowlands Racetrack via public transit.