Letter Opposes Online Sports Betting

Published Sunday, August 09, 2009 - Online-Casinos.com

A Democrat Senator from North Carolina, Heath Shuler, who is a former University of Tennessee and National Football League quarterback joined two other congressmen in the USA in writing a letter to the Department of Justice urging them to keep Delaware and New Jersey from establishing sports betting in those states.

USA Today was instrumental in reporting the letter's contents and interviewing the author. Shuler said in a statement to the press, "As a former college and professional football player, I know the real threat that sports betting brings to sports," adding, "Sports betting undermines the integrity and teamwork of athletes, coaches, teams and leagues. It threatens to destroy the necessary sense of competition that makes sports great." A Republican Senator from Alabama Spencer Bachus and Gregory Meeks a Democrat from New York put their names on the document as well. A request by Republican Senator Orrin Hatch from Utah and Jon Kyl of Arizona with the same request was also made public this week. Both letters ask Attorney General Eric Holder to uphold the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which is a 1992 law that bans sports betting in all but four states.

"We encourage the Department of Justice to defend the federal prohibition against sports betting and take any action necessary to safeguard amateur and professional sports," the letter stated.

"There is reason to believe that Delaware intends to offer single-game betting, that is a type of bet never offered before in Delaware and one that clearly expands upon what Delaware had permitted in the past,"

Wayne Lemons, the Delaware Lottery Commissioner, said, the state will offer bettors both single-game and parlay betting. Delaware ran a sports lottery briefly in the 1970s, but it lasted but a year, it consisted of parlay betting only. Jack Markell, the Governor of Delaware is backing the bid for sportsbetting to help with the budget deficit, stated the plan was cleared by the Delaware Supreme Court and the rest of the argument should be left up to the judges.

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