WILMINGTON – Michael Barlow, Gov. Jack Markell’s chief legal counsel, made the following statement in response to the ruling issued Tuesday by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals:
“Obviously, we are disappointed with today’s ruling. We realize that it is rare that the Third Circuit will hear cases with all 12 active judges, but this was an important issue for the State of Delaware and we thought the State should have a chance to make its case at trial.
“It is important to remember that the NFL tried to shut down Delaware’s sports lottery entirely, but today Delaware has the only legal sports wagering east of the Rocky Mountains. The sports lottery has already – in three weeks – had more wagered than the entire 1976 Delaware sports lottery season.
“We will continue to work with the racinos to attract players, benefit Delaware’s taxpayers, and create new jobs. The Governor is committed to working to create jobs across a range of industries and make Delaware the best state in the country for starting and growing businesses. “