Single-game sports betting was scheduled to start Sept. 1 in Delaware, but a three-judge panel of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that the state’s plan violated the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 and cannot proceed.
The panel was expected to rule on a temporary order to stop Delaware from launching sports betting with single-game wagers against a pointspread, but instead announced that the issue was a simple matter of law and that the issue could be resolved at this stage.
It was a total and complete victory for the NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA and the NCAA.
"We're very disappointed with the ruling," Michael Barlow, legal counsel to governor Jack Markell, told the Wilmington News-Journal.
The state has 14 days to ask for hearing before the entire appeals court to reconsider and possibly reverse Monday's ruling. The state also could appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.