- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The Latest on a federal appeals court in Philadelphia weighing sports betting at New Jersey casinos (all times local):

3 p.m.

A U.S. appeals court is wondering if New Jersey would become “the Wild East” if it becomes the rare state to allow sports betting but not regulate it.

New Jersey officials have tried for several years to legalize sports betting despite a 1992 federal law that forbids it.

A revised 2014 law would allow sports betting at Atlantic City casinos and certain racetracks.

U.S. Circuit judges in Philadelphia have twice rejected New Jersey’s efforts but reconsidered Wednesday in arguments before the full court.

Gov. Chris Christie says the state is losing millions to illegal sports betting that could help the casino and racing industries.

At least one judge suggested that other states could simply follow suit.

A decision is not expected for several months.

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4 a.m.

New Jersey officials will resume their fight to legalize sports betting at casinos and racetracks when a federal appeals court in Philadelphia weighs the issue for the third time.

Proponents hope New Jersey will be permitted to legalize sports betting to boost revenues for the state and its ailing casinos and racetracks.

But they have some formidable opponents: the NCAA and the four major pro sports leagues, including the NHL and Major League Baseball.

The appeals court has twice before said the New Jersey law that authorized some types of sports betting violates a federal sports protection act passed in 1992.

However, the full Third Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to rehear the last ruling by a three-judge panel. The arguments are set for late Wednesday morning.

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