Why Wait? Meadowlands Bumps Up Its NJ Sports Betting Plans By A Day

It appears as if Jeff Gural is getting too antsy for his own comfort.

Jason Settlemoir, general manager for Gural’s Meadowlands Racetrack, told NorthJersey.com on Monday that the track will roll out its sports betting operation July 14 — one day earlier than the venue’s initial target date.

“The timing is much better and in correlation with one of our biggest race days,” Settlemoir said, “the Meadowlands Pace.”

Opening the door to Victory

It has been less than two weeks since Gural told the Associated Press that Meadowlands will go live with legalized NJ sports betting on July 15.

Now, 10 days later, the track is bumping its start date up a day.

Powered by Betfair US, with whom Meadowlands partnered in early June, the racetrack will feature its Victory Sports Bar and Club. The lounge will open at 9:30 a.m. to “dignitaries” who will place the first legal wagers following a series of speeches.

The club will then open to the public at 11 a.m. Bettors will have the opportunity to wager on professional and college sports, according to Betfair international representative Keith Wall.

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Meadowlands sports betting ready to get feet wet

The dice have certainly been rolling in Meadowlands’ favor recently.

There was New York’s folly on not passing regulations for sports betting that convinced Gural to set his initial July 15 opening date for Meadowlands. That in itself brought out the trolling side of Gural.

“New York did me such a favor by not passing sports betting,” Gural told the AP. “That leaves me the entirety of New York City, Long Island, Westchester County. There are 15 million people that live within 20 miles of the Meadowlands. They gave me a tremendous gift.”

Heading into this past weekend, it appeared as if NJ sports betting would be in trouble. Lawmakers could not agree on a state budget.

Fortunately, at the eleventh hour, a compromise was made allowing New Jersey to avoid a government shutdown that would have resulted in state racetracks and casinos from doing the same.

Meadowlands is set to join Monmouth Park and Atlantic City casinos Borgata and Ocean Resort Casino as the only properties to feature regulated sports wagering in New Jersey so far.

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Grant Lucas

Grant Lucas is a longtime sportswriter who has covered the high school, collegiate, and professional levels. A graduate of Linfield College in McMinnville, Grant has covered games and written features and columns surrounding prep sports, Linfield, and Oregon State athletics and the Portland Trail Blazers throughout his career.