The state of New Jersey plans to legalize sports wagering as early as January by defying the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992. Governor Chris Christie and other New Jersey lawmakers support this on the theory that it would cut into the profits of the many illegal and offshore sports betting conglomerates in operation, and would help the state's racetracks and casinos. Post hurricane Sandy, Atlantic City is recovering from its worst revenue drop ever; legalizing sports betting could boost tourism to that area, and there are five other states that already operate outside the 1992 betting legislation.
Naturally, because they hate change and all money-making in which they are not involved, the four major sports leagues and the NCAA (so, the five major sports leagues) have filed a motion for an injunction to stop New Jersey's law from taking effect. This is the second part of a two-part hissy fit—the first saw the NCAA relocating minor championships to make a point about gambling, and what can happen when the NCAA throws its weight around. The commissioners of each league were recently questioned for a deposition related to the case, and in each interview, you see a version of the brazen condescension that comes from running a practically omnipotent (except for Bettman) sports and entertainment syndicate.