Sports betting idea in Delaware to get public input

    The governor of Delaware has offered his proposal for legalizing sports betting. The state’s three existing casinos have countered with an alternative plan and now the public is getting its say.

    The governor of Delaware has offered his proposal for legalizing sports betting. The state’s three existing casinos have countered with an alternative plan and now the public is getting its say.

    The third and final public hearing is scheduled for Monday night in Georgetown at Delaware Tech.

    Legislators say there’s a lot to consider before the bill is ready for a vote: input from the administration, the casinos, the NFL, the NCAA, and the public.

    John Viola, the chair of the House Gaming Committee believes the sports betting bill, as currently worded, will change. But how far in either direction is yet to be determined.

    Viola: The administration is sitting down and I believe ‘negotiating’ with the current casinos and we’ll see what happens.

    Because of the complexity of the issue, if passed, legalized sports betting may not be ready in time for the start of the next NFL season.

    More information:
    The public hearings on legalizing sports betting continue Wednesday at 6pm at Legislative Hall in Dover.

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