Delaware USA Sued by Sports Organizations

Published Saturday, July 25, 2009 -

The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball the National Football League, the National Hockey League, the National Basketball Association and the National Collegiate Athletics Association have filed a Class action lawsuit against the State of Delaware in the USA.

The legal action comes at a time when the state lawmakers are proposing to legalize a new sports betting scheme. The proposition will allow gamblers in Delaware to place bets on single sports events. At this time only Parlay bets are accepted. An attempt to stop Parlay betting was put forth by the various sports associations before but has always been thrown out of court. The risk of corruption within sports has been sited by the sports organizers as the main reason for the complaints.

There seems to be a situation where there is a serious risk of a liable or defamation of character suit being filed by some European football clubs, other sporting bodies and even some governmental groups that feel they are being targeted wrongly as corrupt and without morals.

Club owner Malcolm Glazer, who holds controlling interest in the U.K.'s Manchester United Football Club, and owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a National Football League team in Tampa, Florida, USA may be one such individual who objects to this kind of generalization when it comes to describing those involved in Sportsbetting. Another owner of very successful football club worth millions of dollars, from Chelsea in the UK, Roman Arkadyevich Abramovich, would not like being painted with the corruption brush either.

The defendants in this case, Governor Markell and Wayne Lemons, the Director of the Lottery Office are sure to realize this case is thin and doesn't have a leg to stand on knowing full well this is a show of solidarity by the sports organizations in the face of growing support for legalized online gambling in the USA.

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