U.S. court nixes request for rehearing on sports betting | Reuters

“The sports lottery has

already — in three weeks — had more wagered than the entire

1976 Delaware sports lottery season.”

The NCAA, or National Collegiate Athletic Association, also

joined the complaint by the leagues.

The state can offer parlay bets — which depend on the

outcome of several matches — on National Football League

games.

“Obviously, we are disappointed with today’s ruling,

Michael Barlow, Delaware Gov. Supreme Court to take the case,

but Markell spokesman Joe Ragolsky said that was unlikely.

Delaware offered parlay bets on NFL games for a few months

in 1976. The court opinion agreed with the leagues that

Delaware was generally limited to what it offered in 1976, when

it allowed gamblers to bet on winners of several NFL games.

The case is In re Office of the Commissioner of Baseball,

et al v. Jack Markell, et al, U.S. Jack Markell’s legal counsel,

said in a statement. 09-3297.

(Reporting by Ben Klayman, editing by Maureen Bavdek)

CHICAGO, Sept 29 Delaware’s appeal of a ruling

that its plan to allow betting on professional sports violates

a federal ban will not be heard, a federal court ruled on

Tuesday.

“It is important to remember that the NFL tried to shut

down Delaware’s sports lottery entirely, but today Delaware has

the only legal sports wagering east of the Rocky Mountains,”

Barlow said of the parlay betting. Third Circuit Court of

Appeals, No. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in court

documents signed by Judge Thomas Hardiman, denied the request

for a rehearing before the larger court.

The North American professional leagues for baseball,

basketball, football and hockey filed suit to block the state’s

plan, arguing it violated federal law and that it might taint

their sports with accusations of cheating.

Hardiman was one of the three judges who ruled unanimously

in August that Delaware’s plan violated federal law.

Delaware had planned to allow point-spread bets on

individual games in all major sports from three racetrack

casinos.

A 1992 federal law known as PASPA prohibits betting on

sports, although that law was grandfathered in Delaware,

Oregon, Montana and Nevada, and allowed them to offer such

wagering if it was limited to plans the states had operated

between 1976 and 1990.

Markell signed the betting law in May, saying at the time

it would bring in $50 million and help close the state’s budget

shortfall, which for fiscal 2010 has been estimated at $800

million.. Delaware could ask the U.S. “We realize that it is rare that the Third

Circuit will hear cases with all 12 active judges, but this was

an important issue for the state of Delaware and we thought the

state should have a chance to make its case at trial.”

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