The United States Department of Justice has joined the country’s major sports leagues in opposing New Jersey’s efforts to circumvent the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).

The move follows the filing of a motion in federal court Monday by the sports leagues, who claim that New Jersey’s decision to decriminalise sports betting is “a blatant attempt” to circumvent a 2013 injunction prohibiting the state from regulating sports betting.

In its filing the DoJ argues that New Jersey’s proposed sports betting market, where casinos and racetracks would neither be authorised or prohibited from offering sports bets, would continue to breach PASPA...

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