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Delaware gets key victory for sports betting

6 August 2009

WILMINGTON, Delaware -- As reported by USA Today: "A federal judge on Wednesday denied a request from the major pro sports leagues and the NCAA for a preliminary injunction that would have prevented the state of Delaware from offering sports betting.

"Barring intervention from an appeals court, U.S. District Judge Gregory M. Sleet's ruling clears the way for Delaware's plan to begin single-game and parlay wagering in time for the NFL's regular-season opener, Sept. 10.

"After denying the injunction, Sleet set a series of October deadlines related to the leagues' request for a summary judgment ruling on its lawsuit against the state; such a ruling would come without a trial. Still, Sleet also scheduled a trial date, Dec. 7.

"'The state is moving full speed ahead with our plans to implement a sports lottery by the start of the NFL season,' Michael Barlow, lead counsel for Delaware Gov. Jack Markell's office, said in a statement. 'The Delaware Supreme Court gave us permission to initiate a sports lottery and today's decision reaffirms that we can move forward...'"

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