A lawsuit has been filed by the NCAA as well as four pro sports leagues to stop sports betting in the state of New Jersey.
Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the National Football league and the NCAA filed the lawsuit Tuesday morning in federal court in Trenton, NJ.
The leagues say that a 1992 federal law prohibits all but four states from allowing betting on collegiate and professional games, New Jersey isn’t one of them.
Gov. Chris Christie said in May he would implement regulations allowing sports betting without attempting to overturn the 1992 law. Christie said at the time he expected litigation.
The leagues claim in the lawsuit that sports gambling threatens the “character and integrity” of events and threatens the “reputations and goodwill” between fans and teams.
“The sponsorship, operation, advertising, promotion, licensure, and authorization of sports gambling in New Jersey,” the lawsuit states, “would irreparably harm amateur and professional sports by fostering suspicion that individual plays and final scores of games may have been influenced by factors other than honest athletic competition.”