Delaware Sports Gambling Bill Signed Into Law
Earlier this week I noted that Delaware was pushing their sports gambling bill through quickly. Well the foot has been taken off the neck because the bill has been signed already.
NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Delaware becomes the only state east of the Mississippi River to allow betting on sports after the governor signed the legislation.
Gov. Jack Markell signed the bill into law Thursday.
Officials say they expect to have sports betting running in three months and table games such as poker, blackjack, craps and roulette, in play in no more than six months.
The sports lottery is key to Markell’s plan to address a projected shortfall of more than $600 million for the coming fiscal year.
But sports betting could face a legal challenge by professional sports leagues.
Delaware is one of only four states, along with Nevada, Montana and Oregon, grandfathered under a 1992 federal law that bans sports gambling.
As the AP article stated this bill will likely be challenged by the major sports leagues. If that is the case, the NFL will be first in line. Truth be told, this would be a dog and pony show by the NFL. They have to give the appearance that they are against gambling even though gambling a major part of why the NFL is so popular.
Once this is all said and done I think this will give New Jersey precedent to move forward to make sports gambling legal in New Jersey.