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The Devils and Philadelphia 76ers are set to make a "major announcement" at 4 p.m. today.

The announcement is likely a sponsorship agreement with "partypoker," an arm of European gambling site "bwin" (Brennan).

''We are proud to welcome partypoker to our family as we embark on an exciting journey with an innovative, global leader in the digital marketplace,'' CEO Scott O'Neil said. ''As an organization, we will continue to align with brands that aspire to grow with us, in true partnership.''

This will be the first major sponsorship agreement between a poker site and a professional sports team in the US.

''As long as the gambling site doesn't include sports gambling or sports betting, it's now allowed within our rules,'' NBA vice president Mark Tatum said in a statement, sent by the league to The Associated Press.

In November, New Jersey legalized online poker gambling.

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