Supreme Court ruling stating that sports betting doesn’t conflict with the state constitution clears way for Senate vote
The Delaware Supreme Court ruled that a law allowing sports betting does not
conflict with the state constitution, clearing the way for the First State
to become the only state to offer wagering on sports on the East Coast.
The 21-page advisory opinion, in response to Gov. Jack Markell's request,
concluded that “In our opinion, the sports lottery, as defined by H.S. No. 1 to
H.B. 100, satisfies the State control requirement of Article II, Section 17 and
does not impermissibly delegate legislative authority to the Lottery Director. We further conclude that the Delaware
Constitution allows lotteries to involve an element of skill, but only where
chance predominates. Without specific details of the exact nature of an
interplay of sports betting options, however, all that we can currently opine
is that the Lottery Director’s designed games must assure that chance is the
In early May, an amended bill to
legalize sports betting at the state’s three gaming venues, currently at race
tracks, made it through the House in Delaware. The bill will now move to the
Reports say the Supreme Court opinion
could lead to legal challenges, potentitally from professional sports leagues.
is hoping to have sports betting in time for this year's professional football
season in September.
Sports betting passes another hurdle in Delaware
June 1, 2009