Viva Las Delaware! Will Sports Betting Save Your State’s Budget?


Is Wilmington, Delaware in line to become the next Las Vegas?

Probably not.

But with a state deficit of more than $800 million to deal with, state politicians are taking the matter to court to see if they can try.

Delaware, in addition to Montana, Nevada and Oregon, is legally exempt from the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which outlawed states from bookmaking, because these four states fall under the law's grandfather clause. Because Delaware once allowed parlay bets (wagers that bundle multiple games together) on professional football, they could reinstate such bets, but the politicians in the First State want to introduce single-game bets, a move that would certainly take a slice of Vegas' action.

But on July 24 the NFL along with MLB, the NCAA, the NBA and the NHL filed a complaint in federal court in Wilmington to stop the state lottery office from taking sports bets on their individual games.

Meanwhile in other betting legal news, in March the politicos in New Jersey became part of a lawsuit that would declare the federal sports-betting ban unconstitutional, thereby letting all states set new betting rules.

While legal eagles debate the fate of legal, taxable sports betting, fans online are already weighing in, here are what some have to say:

  1. PRO State's Gambling Rights: "Is it really going to matter that much if a dude in Delaware can bet on a 49ers/Cowboys game? Not in my mind. But all these leagues say betting on games will hurt the integrity of their sports…Right, because admitting Michael Vick back into the NFL clearly doesn't hurt integrity. Only gambling does." (From
  2. PRO State's Gambling Rights: "Ultimately the head of the world's biggest regulated sports betting market is the British Prime Minister Mr. Gordon Brown, [who] is a very moral church going individual, would the NFL like to also accuse him of being corrupt and immoral?" (From post by Sportsman Steve on Calida Gaming, a gambling site.)
  3. On the Fence: "To be fair, the leagues have a point, every call will be looked at more closely if more people are betting. However, I believe it's easier to control sports betting if it's legal and there will be added tax revenues because people love to gamble. So, I'm hoping that one day, I can go to a place in New York that will take sports bets… or the very least, drive to a casino in Atlantic City, Delaware, or Connecticut at an official sportsbook." (From post by Keith on theCyclesportsblog.)

What do you think about making sports betting more prevalent?

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