New Jersey’s plans to introduce sports betting in the new year suffered a setback Friday after a court ruled that sports leagues can challenge the move in court.

The state of New Jersey, which is represented by former solicitor general Ted Olson, had filed a motion to dismiss the challenge by the sports leagues (NCAA, NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA), arguing that they lacked standing in the case.

In his ruling Friday, New Jersey District Court Judge Michael Shipp rejected the motion, stating that the leagues had demonstrated that they would suffer injury if sports betting were to be legalised in New Jersey, because it would alter the perception of the integrity of the leagues’ games and their relationship with their fans.

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