DOVER, Delaware -- As reported by The News Journal: "Delaware's new sports betting law complies with the state's constitution, the state Supreme Court has concluded in a ruling released this morning,
paving the way for bets on football games and other sports as early as September.
"In an advisory opinion signed by all five justices, the high court ruled that the sports betting law signed this month by Gov. Jack Markell would constitute a lottery, the only kind of sports gambling -- besides bets on horse races -- permitted under the the constitution.
"An attorney for the National Football League had argued before the justices last week that sports betting involved too much skill to be considered a lottery whose outcome was based on chance.
"The court ruled, however, that the constitution 'allows lotteries to involve an element of skill, as long as chance predominates" and wrote that the games that are created for gamblers "must assure that chance is the predominant factor...'"
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