State lawmakers told the commissioner of the National Basketball Association on Tuesday that adding a surcharge to sports bets could help prevent cheating.

State Sen. Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) and Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic) wrote in a letter that a 0.25 percent surcharge per bet could "be dedicated to the sports leagues for the purposes of enforcing the integrity of games and preventing any games from 'being fixed.'"

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"The NBA and other sports leagues may use these dollars to hire independent investigators and monitors," they told Commissioner Adam Silver.

New Jersey is fighting in court to implement a system whereby casinos and racetracks could take sports bets despite a federal ban.

Major professional leagues oppose sports betting, arguing that it taints honest competition by fostering suspicion among fans that bets are affecting games.  

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