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NCAA, 4 pro leagues file suit to prevent New Jersey gambling

Newark, NJ (Sports Network) - The NCAA and four professional sports leagues have filed a lawsuit in an effort to stop New Jersey from allowing sports betting.

Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the National Football League and the NCAA filed the suit Tuesday morning in federal court in Trenton.

The leagues and the NCAA claim that the state's decision to offer sports betting violates long-standing federal law. The Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act became law 20 years ago and prohibits states from operating a lottery or betting scheme based on pro or college games.

The law afforded New Jersey the opportunity to launch sports betting in the period from January 1, 1993 to January 1, 1994, but the state declined.

08/07 12:32:39 ET