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NCAA lifts ban on tourneys in New Jersey

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - The NCAA announced on Wednesday that it has lifted a ban that stated a New Jersey-based member school could not host tournament or championship games.

The previous ruling by the NCAA in October stated the NCAA would remove several championships from New Jersey following a state law that allowed sports wagering on professional and collegiate games.

This week, though, a court ruling determined that a federal statute, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, was constitutional and a permanent injunction was granted to prevent New Jersey from moving forward with legalized sports wagering.

"As a result, effective immediately, New Jersey-based member schools are allowed to host non-predetermined sites of NCAA championships," the NCAA said in a statement. "Going forward, New Jersey schools and conferences may also be considered to host future championships events. We are excited that New Jersey student-athletes can now compete on their home field."

The NCAA said the widened effort for legalized sports wagering was "a threat to the integrity of athletic competition and student-athlete well being."

The college sports' governing body stated if New Jersey appeals the District Court's decision and the law is changed, "we will continue our communication with our New Jersey-based member schools regarding any potential impact to future championships."

Gov. Chris Christie signed a sports wagering law last year, but in August the NCAA along with the MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL filed a lawsuit against the state to stop it.

03/06 20:58:10 ET