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Whispers have turned into out-and-out conversation as sports betting in Minnesota has come under the spotlight. In the best way possible, lawmakers in the Gopher State are pushing for legal sports betting.
Minnesota is surrounded by neighboring states that have all introduced some sort of legal sports betting to the general public. It may now be the time for Minnesota to follow suit. It’s also become evident that, although legal sports betting may not be in action, many residents are still engaging in said activities. Thus, a regulated market for sports betting is surely the next logical step.
Senator Karla Bigham is currently advocating for legal sports betting to be pushed through the legislature. Her, and many other lawmakers from either side of the political spectrum, are keen to introduce a bill in the coming year. Over the last 3-4 years, various bills have been introduced with none of them passing. However, as more and more states legalize sports betting in one form or another, it’s most likely only a matter of time before Minnesotans can bet on sports legally.
Yes, it’s definitely true that states in the midwest don’t generate gambling revenue akin to that of New Jersey or Pennsylvania. But, there’s still a major argument for legal sports betting in Minnesota in terms of potential revenue for state coffers. The jump on overall gambling revenue in other states can be directly attributed to the formation, and introduction, of legal sports betting.
It has also been noted that individuals continue to engage in sports betting; regardless of whether it is actually legal in a given state. Plus, it’s quite possible for residents of Minnesota to cross over state lines in a matter of minutes and then engage in safe and legal sports betting. Therefore, there is little reason why Minnesota should prohibit residents from partaking in legal sports betting in the future. With 33 states and territories having opened their doors to expansion within the gambling industry, Minnesotans might not have to wait much longer.
A regulated market for sports betting will also serve the public better by eradicating offshore sites that continue to lure players in under false pretences. It is the job of the state to ensure that fair and reliable platforms preside over the market as opposed to opaque operators that are riddled with issues and are blatantly in cahoots with one another.
The Minnesota Indian Gaming Association (MIGA) has long been averse to any form of sports betting expansion. The MIGA has conducted various assessments based on data and feedback in other states across America. There have been impact reports of how sports betting has affected tribal communities as well as the population at large. After lengthy analysis, the MIGA now seems ready to enter into discussion on possible sports betting within the state. However, the association has made it explicitly clear that the right type of agreement will need to be formalized before any final decisions can be made.
The Minnesota State Legislature opens in January after the festive season. It remains to be seen what future negotiations will offer but there is more and more of a concerted effort to bring sports betting to Minnesota. We will be sure to report back to you as soon as we find out more on the matter. At PlayersBest, we always have our finger on the pulse. Catch all the latest gambling developments right here with us.