If you are of a certain age, your first experience with Delaware was probably this:
But then you went to law school. And at some point, you learned this:
But now we are in the 21st century. And it’s not your father’s Delaware, not anymore.
After the jump, Delaware gets ready for football season.
The state known for being friendly to corporations wants to be known as a state friendly to general degenerates:
The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled that a law allowing sports betting does not conflict with the state constitution, paving the way for Delaware to become the only state east of the Rocky Mountains to allow wagering on the outcome of games.
In a 22-page ruling dated Wednesday, the 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 opinion comes in response to Gov. Jack Markell’s request for the court’s views on a law he signed earlier this month authorizing a sports betting lottery.
“Chance is the predominant factor?” Maybe for you losers, I have a system.
I have a friend that just bought a house down there. Who wants to roll down there with me to bet against all of the Philadelphia teams?
Hey, with Biden out of the Senate (shockingly, Biden was the U.S. Senator from Delaware. Scranton, PA doesn’t get its own U.S. Senator), Delaware needs some way to replace all that government pork:
“I am very pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision,” reads a statement by Markell, who’s relying on the lottery to help overcome a projected revenue shortfall of more than $600 million for the upcoming fiscal year.
The National Football League is nominally unhappy with the outcome. That’s because it is important for the NFL to seem uncomfortable with gambling. It’s unseemly for the league to admit that gambling is the single biggest reason the sport is so popular.
The court’s ruling could lead to a legal challenge by professional sports leagues, which claim that sports betting would tarnish the image of athletics and lure young people into gambling.
Kenneth Nachbar, an attorney who represented the NFL in oral arguments before the Supreme Court last week, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment Thursday.
Right. It’s all about the kids.
How about this, Mr. NFL, you set the over/under on how many people watch football because they have a gambling interest in the outcome, and I’ll take the over.
Del. Supreme Court gives OK to sports betting [NBC]
High court: Law OK with constitution [ESPN]