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NFL might sue Delaware over sports betting

18 May 2009

DOVER, Delaware -- As reported by The News Journal: "The National Football League, in what could be a precursor to a lawsuit against Delaware Gov. Jack Markell over sports betting, has filed a legal brief against the measure with the state Supreme Court.

"The league, in papers filed by a Wilmington law firm, argues that skill 'plays an impermissible' role in sports betting, disqualifying such games as a lottery determined mainly by chance.

"If the high court rules that sports betting as envisioned by Markell and the legislature is more skill than chance, the proposal could fail to pass constitutional muster.

"America's most prominent sports league has long opposed sports betting as a threat to 'the integrity' of its games, a phrase repeated in papers made public Tuesday.

"...The NFL's 21-page document was filed with the Supreme Court in conjunction with two others sought from outside attorneys by Chief Justice Myron T. Steele -- arguments in favor and against the proposal. The justices will hear oral arguments on the issue on May 21 as they weigh whether the new law passes constitutional muster. Markell said he plans to sign the bill into law this week.

"...The Delaware constitution bans all forms of gambling except lotteries under state control for the purpose of raising money. The slot machines at the casinos are considered video lotteries..."

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