The state of New Jersey has put through a sportsbetting bill that would legalize the activity but not pay off sports leagues for what is referred to as an "integrity fee".
The sports leagues throughout the United States are requesting "integrity fees", which would be money paid to the leagues for their blessing for states to offer sportsbetting. The leagues are soliciting the money because they claim they will need money to combat match fixing. This new bill cut out the integrity fees, while also allowing punters in New Jersey to place wagers on sports.
The bill will now move to a full vote in the state legislature, where if it passes, will go to the governor's desk where he will sign it into law. New Jersey has fought for years to legalize sportsbetting, recently winning their case in front of the Supreme Court, which saw the country's sportsbetting ban thrown out.
Sports leagues were upset with the decision, saying that the bill doesn't give them the "tools" they need to prevent match fixing. State Assemblyman Ralph Caputo struck back though, noting: "The tool you're looking for is money; that's not going to happen.
"You guys are in it to make money. This is hypocrisy to the fullest extent."