Delaware Fights On for Sports Betting Rights
Delaware officials have decided to press their case in the matter of offering single-game sports betting at state casinos. Governor Jack Markell and his legal team will take Delaware's case in the sports gambling matter to the US Supreme Court, it was announced this week.
Delaware had been shocked by a decision from the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals which told the state that it could only operate parlay betting, and only on NFL games, as that was the extent of its sports betting operations when it was grandfathered by the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. State casinos still opened to take the parlay action, but only a minute percentage of the $50 million Delaware expected annually could be generated under the court's ruling.
But Delaware officials say a strengthening market has shown them that the PASPA law is preventing them from serving a sizable market, and they will ask the Supreme Court to overrule the Court of Appeals.
State casinos had already invested millions in fitting their gaming venues for sports betting, and slot revenue estimates include play from the expected traffic drawn by legal sports betting. Markell's lawyers will say that a poor interpretation of PASPA is blocking Delaware from collecting revenue desperately needed by the state.
If the Supreme Court hears the case, attorneys representing US sports leagues, led by the National Football League, will present the case that Delaware is constrained from open gambling on their games.
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