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NBA Commissioner Scolds Chris Christie on Sports Bet Effort

NBA Commissioner David Stern takes Gov. Chris Christie to task for his efforts to allow sports gambling in New Jersey.

NBA Commissioner David Stern (Patrick McDermott, Getty Images)

Stern made his comments in a deposition in a lawsuit filed by the four major pro sports leagues — the NBA, NFL, MLB and NHL — and the NCAA.

The deposition was taken last month in New York and published as part of a legal filing Friday. Stern says he’s troubled that Christie, a former U.S. Attorney, would “choose to attack a federal law.”

He also says New Jersey “has no idea what it’s doing and doesn’t care because all it’s interested in is making a buck or two” by sanctioning sports gambling.

A 1992 federal law bans sports betting in all but four states.

A judge is expected to rule on the New Jersey case this month.

 

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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