In the closely watched court battle over Delaware’s scotched plan to launch a sports betting lottery, a federal appeals court on Monday handed down a 23-page opinion that explains why the judges permanently blocked the lottery last week in a ruling from the bench.

In its decision, the unanimous three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with all the major sports leagues — the NFL, the NBA, the NHL and Major League Baseball — and declared that the proposed expansion of Delaware’s gaming would violate the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act.

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