Delaware Lottery Director on Sports Betting: ‘We’ve Been Ready Since 2009’

Delaware Lottery Director on Sports Betting: ‘We’ve Been Ready Since 2009’

June 01, 2018 9:18 AM
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The state of Delaware announced on Thursday that it will offer full-fledged sports betting beginning June 5, making it the first state to seize the opportunity since the Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) on May 14.

In so doing, some observers see that Delaware is upstaging New Jersey, the state that prevailed Murphy v NCAA, leading to PASPA’s demise in the high court on states’ rights grounds. But Delaware Lottery Director Vernon Kirk, in a phone call with Sports Handle on Friday, didn’t see it that way.

“Honestly, New Jersey never came into our plans one way or the other,” Kirk said. “We didn’t try to ‘be first’ or beat them or anything. It’s just, we’re ready, so we’re going to go. It’s not that big a deal, frankly.”

Check out sportshandle.com for the full article.

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