The four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA will sue the state of New Jersey over its plan to implement sports betting, according to reports on Twitter.
BREAKING: all 4 sports leagues + NCAA suing NJ state officials to stop sports betting efforts, citing federal ban for most states—
John Brennan (@BergenBrennan) August 07, 2012
In May, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced the state would allow gambling on sporting events in defiance of a federal ban. He said that rather than challenging the 1992 law that banned sports betting in all but the four states that had already implemented it by a deadline — Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana — the state would simply proceed with its plans.
At the time, Christie said he anticipated legal action could be taken.
“We intend to go forward,” Christie said in May. “If someone wants to stop us, then let them try to stop us. We want to work with the casinos and horse racing industry to get it implemented.
“Am I expecting there may be legal action taken against us to try to prevent it? Yes. But I have every confidence we’re going to be successful.”