The Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Texas has upheld a lower court's ruling that prohibits companies from taking wagers from state residents over the phone or internet.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Churchill Downs Inc. had hoped the three-judge panel would reverse a lower court's ruling on the matter. The Louisville-based company, which operates Twinspires.com, had been trying to open the Texas market to advance deposit wagering for the past few years.
In its argument to overturn the earlier ruling, Churchill Downs officials stated that the law, which requires bets to be place ‘in-person' at a racetrack, “violated the constitution's interstate commerce clause by favoring in-state companies.”
The court of appeals ruling said that Churchill “had failed to demonstrate that Texas law amounted to discrimination.”
Courtney Yopp Norris, a spokeswoman for Churchill Downs, indicated that the track expects to appeal the decision, although nothing had yet been finalized.
Read more in the Louisville Courier-Journal
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