SBD/Issue 205/Leagues & Governing Bodies

Delaware Plans To Allow Betting On NFL Games This Season

The state of Delaware "intends to allow single-event betting on NFL games" beginning with the '09 season, according to A.J. Perez of USA TODAY. Delaware State Lottery Dir Wayne Lemons said that the state will "allow bettors to wager on the outcome of one game or a parlay of several." The state would join Nevada as the "only states with legal betting on NFL games," and Delaware lawmakers have "not ruled out allowing wagering on other pro and college sports." Under the current plan, the state's three casinos located at horse racing tracks "would be the only places where sports betting is allowed" (USA TODAY, 7/14).

Writer Feels Upcoming CBA Negotiations With
NFLPA Will Be Big Challenge For Goodell
AN UPHILL BATTLE: ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli wrote the ongoing CBA discussions with the NFLPA represent NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's "Mount Everest of a challenge." Goodell during his two-year tenure has "correctly assigned priority status to significant issues such as player behavior, substance abuse, diversity and the NFL's ongoing initiative for further globalizing its product." However, CBA talks take "precedence over everything else, because the absence of an extension, and the work stoppage that might result from it, could produce some dire ramifications." It is "naïve and short-sighted to suggest that even the powerful NFL could quickly recover from a work stoppage," and Goodell is "neither naïve nor short-sighted; if anything, the commissioner is rooted in pragmatism." While Goodell has "done his best to downplay the possibility of a lockout," there has been a "considerable saber-rattling by his constituency, the owners." New NFLPA Exec Dir DeMaurice Smith has "pretty much relied on the same well-rehearsed mantra: He hopes for a peaceful resolution, but is also prepared for war, if that option is necessary" (ESPN.com, 7/10).

I OBJECT! In St. Paul, Brian Murphy reports MLB, the NBA and NHL yesterday asked the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals to "consider their objections" to Vikings DTs Pat and Kevin Williams using "state law to overturn four-game suspensions for violating the NFL's drug-testing policy." The leagues contend that Minnesota law will "jeopardize their collectively bargained drug-testing programs if the Williamses' ... lawsuit against the NFL proceeds" (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 7/14).

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