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Pro leagues, NCAA take on gambling

 
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NEWARK, N.J.

The four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA have filed legal papers calling New Jersey's effort to allow sports gambling an "unlawful scheme" and a "blatant violation" of federal law.

Chris Christie (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Gov. Chris Christie has led the charge to bring sports betting to New Jersey.

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

The leagues sued Gov. Chris Christie in August after he announced plans to allow gambling on pro and college games at casinos and racetracks. New Jersey's legislature passed a sports betting law earlier in the year.

The state has sought to have the lawsuit thrown out, and the motion filed Friday in US District Court in Trenton was a response to that.

In the brief, the leagues reject New Jersey's argument that a 1992 federal law restricting sports gambling to a handful of states is unconstitutional.

The NCAA has already pulled some events from New Jersey over the dispute.

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