Delaware Court Says Sports Betting OK

Delaware's Supreme Court said sports betting doesn't conflict with the constitution.

The Delaware Supreme Court said a proposed sports-betting lottery doesn’t conflict with the state constitution.

The opinion was requested by Gov. Jack Markell, who earlier signed a bill that would make Delaware the only state east of the Rocky Mountains to offer sports wagering.

In a 22-page ruling dated May 27, the court state’s high court said the state constitution permits lotteries that have an element of skill, as long as chance is the predominant factor in winning or losing.

The justices also said the proposed sports lottery satisfies the constitutional requirement that lotteries be under state control.

The NFL opposes sports betting and has said it may challenge the bill in court.

The new law calls for sports betting at the state’s three racetracks: Delaware Park, Dover Downs, and Harrington Raceway & Casino. In addition, the tracks, which already have video lottery terminals, can add casino-style table games.