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Legalized sports gambling faces decent odds this session at Minnesota Legislature

Core question is who controls the games: teams, tribes or tracks


January 9, 2023

David Dermer, Associated Press

Betting kiosks are seen inside Caesars Sportsbook at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland. Sports gambling became legal in Ohio on Jan. 1.

Minnesota's tribes, racetrack operators and professional sports teams all agree that it's time for the state to join the majority that already permit legalized sports betting.

Yet more than opposition to expanded gambling, what could stall a bill is the basic question of who gets to run the sports betting operations - and reap the profits. The goal isn't to build new brick-and-mortar casinos. It's about getting a license to partner with a mobile gambling platform, such as FanDuel, DraftKings or Caesars, to get a slice of the revenue.

"It seems inevitable that Minnesota is going to pass sports betting this year or next and therefore we will be at the table to help shape legislation," Minnesota Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley said.


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