Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are on hand at Gillette Stadium

There have been assurances that Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski would be on hand this week.

Now we have an official sighting.

But five pro and college sports leagues repeatedly sued to stop the state. The leagues won every case until the Supreme Court last month sided with New Jersey, overturning the federal ban and allowing states across the U.S. to legalize sports wagering.

Underground bookies accept billions of dollars in illegal bets each year. But until now, Las Vegas has been the only place in the country will full-scale legal sports betting.

Delaware began allowing full-scale sports wagering Tuesday, beating New Jersey to become the first place outside of Las Vegas to offer it.

It was a major step toward credibility, and I’m not sure the XFL had much of it before.

This version of the league seemed to be on shaky ground. The hires have been slow, and the league has been mostly quiet, but the hiring of Luck changes all of that. He gives the league a shot at long-term viability. He’s that smart.

If you don’t know his background, Oliver Luck is the father of one of the best quarterbacks of this generation, the Colts’ Andrew Luck, but he’s also one of the most respected sports executives out there.

A quick run through his bio, via the league’s release: Luck served as president of NFL Europe and general manager of the league’s Frankfurt Galaxy and Rhein Fire. Most recently Luck was the NCAA’s Executive Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Strategic Partnerships where he oversaw all NCAA regulatory functions including enforcement, academic and membership affairs, and the Eligibility Center.

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