ABC Evening News for Friday, Sep 10, 1976
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(Studio) Delaware sets up state lottery on professional football games this season.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Dover, DE) Delaware 1st state to have state lottery on picking pro football winners each week; states will net $2 million of $6 million expected to be bet in lottery over next 14 weeks National Football League says legalizing betting could be corruptive influence on sport and players. [NFL spokesperson Jim KENSELL - says league doesn't want to be betting vehicle and action is forcing them into association with betting.] [DE lottery representative Peter SIMMONS - says illegal pools have gone on for long time and it's time state and federal govts. got proper revenue.] [Chicago Bears player Doug BUFFONE - says youth looks up to pro football and gambling doesn't go with being athlete.] [Washington Redskins player Len HAUSS - says it doesn't affect players and they're not interested.] Cts. being asked to decide whether Delaware can have lottery without tarnishing reputation of NFL.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson
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