A bill legalizing sports betting in Minnesota will be introduced this week. Democrat Karla Bigham will draft the bill in the Senate and Republican Pat Garofalo will carry the bill in the House. Political insider Blois Olson says it will be difficult to say if the bill will catch on during this term, but he believes it will find broad support as the parts are already in place to make it:
“A couple of considerations, one of which is that the state can do this through the lottery, maybe through the horse racing tracks that the state is already regulating. One of the questions is what interest do tribal casinos have in sports betting? They were relatively calm but I have a feeling they would have an interest. “
Two of Minnesota’s neighbors, Iowa and South Dakota, offer sports betting, and Olson says Minnesotans already play sports online:
“The real truth is that it’s already online and offshore betting on sports through apps and the internet is very popular. It’s already happening in Minnesota. So can Minnesota make some income or revenue if sports betting is legalized here in Minnesota? “
Currently, 25 states and Washington DC have allowed some form of sports betting.