DC sports gambling is back on
A judge tosses an injunction that prevented the district from moving forward with its Intralot agreement
Greek gaming operator Intralot has received a little bit of a reprieve to operate DC’s sports gambling activity. A lawsuit that sought to prevent DC from launching sports gambling because of the nature of that agreement was tossed last Friday, allowing the political capital of the US start to get ready for an official gambling launch. The judge’s decision, however, doesn’t stop the lawsuit from proceeding.
Dylan Carragher, a DC resident who operates a local sports gambling website, had sued DC and Intralot, arguing that the deal prevented him from bidding on the contract, which is required by law. Intralot was handed the district’s sports gambling market on a silver platter, giving it a five-year, $215-million contract this past July.
Superior Court Judge John Campbell over turned a temporary injunction that had been granted by another Superior Court Judge, Joan Zeldon, on September 26. That judge agreed with Carragher’s belief that that DC Council had erred in awarding the contract to Intralot and that he had a “substantial likelihood” of winning his claim in court.
Campbell disagreed, arguing that the DC Council has the legal authority to waive a competitive bidding requirement. Gallagher’s lawyer, Donald Temple, doesn’t share the same opinion and has already indicated that an appeal is most likely forthcoming. He states, “We’re exploring the options. Our objective is to get to the (DC) Court of Appeals as soon as possible on the merits.”
The news is great for Capital One Arena. It announced at the beginning of October that it would have its own sportsbook and, with it, becomes the first stadium in the US to offer sports gambling.