Supreme Court will not hear Delaware's petition for gambling

Gamblers will not be able to get down on NFL games in Delaware. Not legally any way.

That longshot bid was shot down when the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the state’s case in which it sought to legalize sports betting. The state was seeking the land’s highest court to overturn a ruling in federal appeals court that limits Delaware to parlay betting involving at least three NFL games, according to the Delaware County Times.

That means Nevada remains the only legal haven for pigskin wagering, a fact that surely makes the outfits in that state feel good.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell had been hoping to push through a measure which would legalize sports wagering on football, basketball, baseball, NASCAR and pretty much a full range of sports gaming action in an effort to raise revenue for the state.

The state brought back parlay betting on the NFL and generated more than $1 million in state revenue this past season. That figure, according to the report, was far less than had been expected. Obviously, Delaware could have generated much more revenue with a full lineup of sports wagering options.

That leaves locals to the bookies, who don’t share profits with state government or online operations, which don’t share profits with state government. Of course, Delaware residents can always hop a flight to Las Vegas. Or they don’t have to gamble.

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