Supreme court rejects Delaware sports betting appeal | Reuters

They said the estimated $17 million in sports gambling revenue represented a trivial percentage of the state’s $3.1 billion budget.

In appealing to the Supreme Court, attorneys representing the state argued the appeals court wrongly concluded that Congress had prohibited Delaware from adopting a sports lottery scheme as a way to balance its budget.

The justices without comment let stand a ruling by a U.S. The appeals court ruled that under the federal law Delaware was generally limited to what it offered in 1976.

Attorneys for the professional sports leagues and the NCAA told the Supreme Court the appeal should be rejected. The state went ahead and now offers such betting on at least three NFL games.

(Editing by Eric Beech)

. appeals court that a 1992 federal law prohibits Delaware from offering betting on individual games in all major sports.

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| WASHINGTON

WASHINGTON The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a Delaware appeal that argued the state should be allowed to offer a new sports betting lottery to generate revenue to help ease its record budget deficit.

The appeals court ruled in August that Delaware was limited to parlay betting, or gambling on multiple games, and only on National Football League contests. The North American professional leagues for baseball, basketball, football and hockey and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) all argued that Delaware’s sports lottery plan violated the 1992 law.

Delaware had expected at least an estimated $17 million in revenues from the sports betting plan in the 2010 fiscal year to help close the state’s budget deficit.

The law, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, prohibits betting on sports, but exceptions were granted to Delaware, Nevada, Montana and Oregon because they previously operated some forms of sports gambling.

Delaware offered parlay bets on NFL games for a few months in 1976

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

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.

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.

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.

Delaware offered parlay bets on NFL games for a few months

in 1976. 09-3297.

(Reporting by Ben Klayman, editing by Maureen Bavdek)

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.

The U.S. Jack Markell, et al, U.S. Supreme Court to take the case,

but Markell spokesman Joe Ragolsky said that was unlikely.

The NCAA, or National Collegiate Athletic Association, also

joined the complaint by the leagues.

“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. 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.

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.

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. “The sports lottery has

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

1976 Delaware sports lottery season.”

. “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.”

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.

Delaware could ask the U.S. The case is In re Office of the Commissioner of Baseball,

et al v. Jack Markell’s legal counsel,

said in a statement