This Oct. 14, 2016 photo shows Jeff Gural, operator of the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N.J. speaking at a forum in Hackensack N.J. in support of a ballot question on whether to authorize two new casinos in northern New Jersey near New York City. That proposal lost, but Gural tells The Associated Press he plans to begin offering sports betting at the Meadowlands on July 15. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

APNewsBreak: Meadowlands plans sports betting near NYC

June 21, 2018 - 11:11 pm

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The Meadowlands Racetrack plans to bring legal sports betting to New York City's doorstep next month.

Jeff Gural, who manages the northern New Jersey track, tells The Associated Press that he plans to begin offering sports betting July 15. That's significantly earlier than a timetable the track laid out just over a week ago when a competing track and an Atlantic City casino became the first in New Jersey to take sports bets following its legalization.

The development came as New York state adjourned its legislative session Wednesday without adopting a sports betting bill, leaving its vast population base available for the Meadowlands track instead.

The Meadowlands would be the fourth outlet in New Jersey to offer sports betting, along with Monmouth Park racetrack, and the Borgata and Ocean Resort casinos.