The National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, National Basketball Association and NCAA jointly filed a lawsuit Friday in an attempt to stop Delaware from offering single-game betting on pro and college sports.
It is the second legal challenge at striking down the betting law, enacted in May. Within weeks after governor Jack Markell signed the legislation, the NFL argued before the state's Supreme Court that the law was unconstitutional, but all five justices sided with the state.
The latest lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Wilmington against Markell and lottery director Wayne Lemons, contends Delaware's "scheme" violated the federal 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act and the state constitution. The leagues plan to seek an injunction Monday to stop the state from implementing single bets on pro football, and any bets on college or other professional sports. Delaware officials are confident of their legal standing and say the state plans to offer wagering on football by September.