The fallout from Drew Brees and PointsBet continued during the holiday season as the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE), suspended betting last Monday’s Citrus Bowl.
According ESPN the DGE stated that the DGE had cited a violation state regulations which stipulate that players and staff cannot own, control, or have any other employment with an operator. However, this announcement was made shortly after Brees took a job at his alma mater.
New Jersey’s sportsbooks stopped taking wagers on this game, and all existing bets were canceled.
Brees will be the interim quarterbacks coach, but does not plan for a second coaching career right away after this bowl match. After coach Jeff Brohmexited his program, he joined the Purdue team. Brees was eager to assist the team with transitions and postseason.
New Jersey has been the sole state that has stopped betting on this game. Indiana is the home of Purdue and PointsBet, but they continue to take wagers on this Citrus Bowl. LSU is a 14 point favorite over the Boilermakers. LSU is taking on Purdue only increases the interest in betting from the Brees angle. Brees was a loyal fan of the LSU football team for nearly 10 years.
New Jersey’s incident is the latest in a series of public relations surrounding PointsBet and Brees. The sportsbook received a lot of negative and positive publicity last month from its online video that suggested Brees was struck by lightning. This was a joke by the sportsbook in order to draw attention to its Lightning Bet product.