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.'"

"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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