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Leagues gain small anti-betting victory

An appeals court ruling gives leagues last chance to halt sports betting before Sept. 1

Updated: August 14, 2009, 7:40 PM ET
By Chad Millman | ESPN The Magazine

The battle pitting the NCAA and the four major sports leagues against Delaware came closer to a conclusion Friday.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia granted the NCAA and leagues' request for an expedited hearing to keep Delaware from instituting sports betting at its three racetracks and casinos on Sept. 1, in time for the college and pro football seasons. Last week, the leagues were denied by a federal judge.

On Aug. 24, a three-judge panel will listen ...

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