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Leagues poised to challenge N.J. over sports betting

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts after a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter in Foxborough, Mass. Brady has thrown at least one touchdown pass for the AFC East champs in 46 consecutive games. If he does it Sunday, he’ll match Johnny Unitas and move seven behind Drew Brees’ NFL record.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady reacts after a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter in Foxborough, Mass. Brady has thrown at least one touchdown pass for the AFC East champs in 46 consecutive games. If he does it Sunday, he'll match Johnny Unitas and move seven behind Drew Brees' NFL record.

 

Associated Press/Nov. 18, 2012

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By Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. -- Four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA are poised to move forward with their legal battle over New Jersey's plans to allow sports gambling.

That comes after a judge on Friday rejected arguments that the leagues couldn't prove they would be harmed if the state moves ahead with its plans to allow sports gambling.

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NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy declined comment on the ruling, telling The Associated Press on Saturday that "the decision speaks for itself."

Stacey Osburn, director of public and media relations for the NCAA, said it was "pleased with the court's ruling."

Phone messages left Saturday for officials with the NBA and NHL were not immediately returned.

A voice mail for a Major League Baseball spokesman was full and would not accept messages on Saturday morning.

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