|Never discount the longshot...
For background, as I have blogged in the past, I have serious qualms with 4NJBets.com, which seems to be owned (at least partly) by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority patronage cafe and, from my short-lived experiment with a 4NJBets.com subscription, offers zero value-add to handicapping contest players. NJ law requires state residents to use the state-supervised ADW, though I have my doubts about "supervision," based on the lack of promotional efforts from the site, which is more or less a base horse wagering repository.
In other words, even though Twin Spires and DRFBets Tournament League offer low-cost options for contest horseplayers to earn a berth to the $2 million NHC in Vegas, in addition to other incentives, NJ'ans are shut out completely...and that's extremely aggravating in a free market. The notion of a state-run ADW monopoly is ludicrous.
This led me to make contact on two fronts:
- First, I emailed my Assemblywoman, Caroline Casagrande, who sits on the State Assembly's Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee, encouraging the committee to consider legislation to allow NJ'ans to sign up for out-of-state ADW accounts. The thinking is that, if 4NJBets.com lacks any forward-thinking approach to customer value, then why should contest horseplayers be prohibited by law from using a Twin Spires, even for contests involving notional (fictitious) wagers? I'll post any responses from Ms. Casagrande or the other committee members, assuming one hits my inbox.
- Secondly, I filed an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request with the NJSEA, requesting some financial information about the specifics of 4NJBet's leadership structure, annual budget and operating expenses, ADW-specific data on subscriber counts (defections, as well) and online handle. This could prove too far reaching, but there's not enough information to glean from the 4NJBets website to make a determination of how the ship is run, though I suspect my request may be stunted at the gate. If nothing else, I hope to rattle some cages, but ultimately need data to suggest any reform, involving a free-market system whereby NJ'ans can use third-party ADW venues.
By all means, please share your feedback, and let me know if you'd be willing to join the cause. I have some form letters and OPRA request information if needed.