Julius Erving marks start of legal sports betting in NJ by wagering on Eagles to retain Super Bowl title
Julius Erving puts $5 on Philadelphia to repeat as NFL champs. AP

OCEANPORT, New Jersey — A Philadelphia basketball legend is betting on Philadelphia's football team to repeat as champs.

Julius Erving, better known to Philadelphia 76ers fans as "Dr. J," marked the start of legal sports betting in New Jersey by putting $5 on the Philadelphia Eagles to repeat as Super Bowl champions.

He made the bet on Thursday morning at the Borgata casino in Atlantic City (Friday, Manila time), at the same time that New Jersey's Democratic Senate President Steve Sweeney, put $200 on the Green Bay Packers to win the title.

Their bets closely followed the first wagers made legally in the state at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, where Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy bet $20 apiece on Germany to win the World Cup soccer tournament and the New Jersey Devils to win hockey's Stanley Cup.


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