Two New Jersey lawmakers have proposed a surcharge on sports bets should the state legalise sports betting, with all funds raised to be distributed to US national sports leagues for the purposes of protecting the "integrity and fairness" of games.

The surcharge of 0.25 per cent of each bet placed was proposed by New Jersey Senator Jim Whelan and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo in a letter to the commissioner of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Adam Silver this week.

They said that the funds raised would be distributed to sports leagues to be used for promoting, monitoring and enforcing sporting integrity measures...

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