Court: Del. sports betting illegal

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - August 24, 2009 The court has ruled that the state's proposed sports betting lottery, which would include single-game bets, violates a 1992 federal ban on sports wagering.

The decision came after the court heard almost two hours of argument from attorneys for the state and for professional sports leagues and the NCAA.

The leagues were challenging the denial of an injunction that would have prevented the betting from beginning next month. Attorneys for Delaware argued that the leagues had not met the requirements for an injunction.

But instead of ruling on the injunction, the appeals court turned directly to the league's claim that the sports betting would violate federal law.

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