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New Jersey Takes On Major Professional Sports Leagues In Sports Betting Case

A former NBA player who became a New Jersey senator sponsored a federal law banning sports gambling that New Jersey now says is unconstitutional.

The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have been known to play a long shot in an election betting pool or to bet a colleague about the outcome of the World Series. But the stakes are usually just a few dollars. Not so for the winners and losers in a case to be heard Monday that tests whether the federal ban on sports betting in most states unconstitutionally tramples on state sovereignty.

The Bradley Act

The ban was known as the Bradley Act, after its chief promoter, Sen. Bill Bradley, D-N.J.

Bradley played 10 years for the New York Knicks, helping them win two NBA championships.

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