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NJ: Sports bet law infringes on states’ rights


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider its effort to overturn a ban on legalized sports betting in all but four states.

In a filing submitted Tuesday, the state says the federal law restricting sports betting to only four states needs to be reviewed immediately.

Theodore Olsen, who won the Bush v. Gore election case in 2000, says the ban impermissibly restricts states’ rights. He also says the way it treats states differently needs to be considered by the high court.

New Jersey is trying to get the court to take up its challenge to the law, which restricts sports betting to states that met a 1991 deadline to pass laws approving it: Delaware, Montana, Nevada and Oregon.

The major professional and collegiate leagues support the ban.