League wins a court battle

The NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA and NCAA won a court decision today against the state of Delaware, which was planning a lottery where individuals could bet on the outcome of individual NFL games.  On Monday a panel of Circuit Court of Appeals judges ruled that doing so would violate federal law.

Delaware could still appeal the case to the Supreme Court. Delaware can still hold a lottery based on gambling on the outcomes of multiple games, although the NFL and other leagues argued that betting on single games would violate 1992 federal law. Delaware is one of four states that is allowed to have legalized gambling on sporting events, as they were grandfathered into that 1992 ruling. Delaware previously ran a lottery in 1976 where people could wager on the outcome of multiple games.

The NFL is not making any specific comment on today’s ruling, other than directing media to a brief statement made by Kenneth J. Nachbar, the counsel for the pro leagues and the NCAA in this case. Nachbar said simply:  “We are pleased with today’s decision.”

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