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NFL, NCAA, other leagues prevail in Supreme Court sports betting spin-off lawsuit

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The five sports leagues involved in the Supreme Court sports betting case have won a follow-up lawsuit that sought millions of dollars in damages.

Late Friday, United States District Judge Michael A. Shipp denied a claim filed in May by the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association (NJTHA) -- a group associated with the Monmouth Park racetrack and casino -- asking "for judgment on $3.4 million injunction bond plus interest and damages."

The New Jersey-based group had filed the renewed claim against the NFL, NCAA, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball within weeks of the Supreme Court's May 14 decision that opened the door for states to authorize sports betting nationwide.

In court documents, lawyers for the five leagues had described the group's claims as "meritless, if not frivolous."

Judge Shipp -- the same judge who initially handled the lawsuit that later landed at the Supreme Court -- had previously issued an injunction preventing NJTHA and Monmouth Park from offering sports betting. NJTHA claimed to have suffered more than $10 million of damages during the time the temporary restraining order was put into place in 2014.

"The Court ... finds NJTHA was not wrongfully enjoined," wrote Judge Shipp in a just-released nine-page ruling obtained by ESPN. "The Court, accordingly, finds good cause exists to deny NJTHA damages under the injunction bond."

With the courtroom win, the NFL, NCAA, NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball avoid a ruling that would have allowed other bookmakers to claw-back money allegedly lost during the time between when the five leagues sued to enforce the federal law banning single-game wagering outside of Nevada, and the date the Supreme Court declared the ban to be unconstitutional.

Monmouth Park and the NJTHA could potentially appeal Judge Shipp's ruling in the coming weeks. The group had previously claimed "that the Leagues acted in bad faith by wrongfully blocking the NJTHA from operating a sports betting venue at Monmouth Park." Neither current New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy nor former Governor Chris Christie were part of the case.