Leagues file to stop New Jersey sports betting

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Columbus CEO

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The nation's four major pro sports leagues and the NCAA want to stop New Jersey's plans to allow legal sports betting, just days before it's due to start.

They filed legal papers in federal court in Trenton on Monday, seeking an injunction that would stop the state from allowing casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting.

Monmouth Park, a horse track, is the only location that has said it's ready to accept wagers.

Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law Friday that effectively repeals the state's laws against sports gambling. That's seen as a way around a 1990s federal law that restricts sports gambling to Nevada and three other states.

The leagues and NCAA claim New Jersey's new law violates federal law and shouldn't be implemented.