Delaware Going for Sports Jackpot
By staff
Delaware’s Sports Betting Task Force has completed its feasibility study into sports gambling in the state and is preparing a final draft for the House of Representatives to be completed May 31st.

The task force already had estimated that a legal sports betting operation in the state would contribute about $13 million to the general fund, increase the collective income of the state's three casinos by $19.3 million and add $4 million to horse racing entities.

But Secretary of Finance David W. Singleton questioned the revenue projections, saying “Delaware is not Las Vegas”. The projections are based on the assumption that Delaware's casinos - Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway - will handle a similar amount of money as three large Las Vegas casinos, or about $150 million total a year. Lawyers for the National Football League also questioned the findings.

Delaware is the only state besides Oregon, Nevada and Montana that is exempt from the federal laws banning sports betting. 'It can be feasible economically and legally,' said Rep. William A. Oberle Jr., “but the lack of support from the governor hampers our efforts.” Gov. Ruth A Minner is opposed to the expansion of gambling in the state.

In Michigan, the state House approved legislation that would allow the state’s seven racetracks to install slot machines to boost state revenue, as well as permitting betting over the telephone, while putting off a bill that would allow the three Detroit casinos to broadcast and take bets on races.

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