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Will Meadowlands' 2014 Super Bowl Affect Race Dates, Expanded Gaming?


Published: June 2, 2010 4:56 pm ET

Last Comment: June 3, 2010 7:01 am ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

New Jersey recently found out that its bid to host the 2014 National Football League Super Bowl at the new Meadowlands Stadium was successful. Since the announcement, there has been talk that the event could affect race dates at the Meadowlands Racetrack and the push for expanded gaming.

An article by cites Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey President Tom Luchento as saying that the Super Bowl could mean fewer 2014 race dates at the 'Big M.'

The report also cites Luchento as saying that he would like to see the governor’s advisers give their approval to legalized sports wagering and also to installing VLTs in time for the Super Bowl. Luchento justified the stance by saying that horse owners and breeders may otherwise suffer due to the disruption of racing at the Meadowlands.

“Without the gaming, we’re out quite a lot, because they’ll probably hold off on racing if they decide to avoid the extra traffic,” the article quotes Luchento as saying.

The article also features a comment by Richard Stockton College Gaming Analyst Israel Posner, who opined that he believes the Super Bowl coming to New Jersey in 2014 will essentially thwart any chance of legalized sports wagering from being implemented until after the event takes place. “I’d say the news puts off the whole question of gaming at the Meadowlands until after 2014,” Posner said. “I wouldn’t give it a snowball’s chance in hell before then.”

The article also quotes National Football League Spokesman Geoff Miller, whose provided comments which appears to be at odds, somewhat, with Posner's opinion.

Miller was quoted a saying that that the league currently has no public stance on whether or not VLTs could operate at the Meadowlands before the Super Bowl. “As long as it has nothing to do with gambling on sports games, the league does not have a position on it,” Miller said.

The NFL opposes the wagering on sports results.

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June 3, 2010 - 7:01 amYou realize you are using a

Allan Schott SAID...

You realize you are using a story from the house organ of Atlantic City gaming interests. This is a wishful thinking story. Do you think the NFL is going to be worried about there being casino gambling next door; especially when racing will likely not be held during the time the Super Bowl is in town? No.

Sports betting on the otherhand, may be an issue.

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