A pair of Republican lawmakers Wednesday made the first pitch for legalized sports betting following last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened the door to the idea. It looks like a long shot for now because there’s no agreement from the state’s Indian tribes. But it also looks like those who support legalizing the practice will keep pushing. Here’s the landscape: WHAT’S BEING PROPOSED Wednesday’s proposal by state Reps. Pat Garofalo, of Farmington, and Nick Zerwas, of Elk River, would do this: Allow gambling on professional and college sports only at Native American casinos. Set up a sports betting board that would determine the finer points of exactly what types of bets on which sports would be allowed. Levy a tax of .5 percent on the “handle,” or total amount wagered. Here’s what it wouldn’t do: Allow sports betting online or via mobile phones. It’s not clear this type of sports betting would be legal Allow … [Read more...] about MN legal sports betting? First proposal made at Capitol. Here are the odds.
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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — America's major professional sports leagues are split on how to get a piece of the action from legal sports betting after failing to get early adopting states to cut them in. But they are back in the game this year with several state legislatures considering granting them fees from sports bets. The National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League uniformly fought to stop the spread of sports gambling for years, but retrenched in their positions after a key loss — a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that granted New Jersey and other states the option to allow wagering. That shift from the courts to statehouses, Congress and the open market has revealed divisions among the leagues in how to approach the inevitability of expanded legal betting. Some are lobbying individual states to include a 0.25 percent cut of all sports bets placed in their states. Others are concentrating on making … [Read more...] about US sports leagues split on how to monetize sports betting
Advocates of legalized sports betting in Minnesota are urging the Legislature to allow wagers on their favorite athletic contests, drawing hope from a wave of states across the country that have done so in the past year. But the Legislature and new Gov. Tim Walz have a busy agenda, including crafting a two-year budget expected to be nearly $50 billion and addressing bread-and-butter issues like education and health care. Even second-tier issues like gun control and legalizing marijuana are likely to be more urgent priorities for House Democrats, who are newly in the majority. "I don't think anyone wants to rush into anything," said Rep. Ryan Winkler, D-Golden Valley, who as the majority leader has a big say in which bills reach the House floor. States are moving to consider legalized sports betting in the wake of a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down a law prohibiting sports wagers in every state except Nevada. Since the ruling, New Jersey, Delaware, Mississippi and … [Read more...] about Some lawmakers want legal sports betting in Minnesota, but opposition will be fierce
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Andy Rosen Globe Staff January 17, 2019 Governor Charlie Baker on Thursday proposed legalizing sports gambling in the state, presenting a plan that would allow fans to bet on games at casinos or on their smartphones.Baker’s plan comes as several other states have also moved to permit sports wagering in the wake of a US Supreme Court decision last year that allowed betting on football, basketball, and other games to expand widely beyond Nevada. In New England, Rhode Island has already begun allowing sports books at its two casinos. But the plan, which Baker said would generate $35 million in taxes and licensing fees in the coming fiscal year, would make Massachusetts the first state to allow companies to operate online sports betting without a financial relationship to an existing casino. That could open up the market to new businesses, since companies could … [Read more...] about Mass. sports betting proposal would be first to allow online bets
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, left, faces reporters during a news conference held to announce the appointment of Cathy Judd-Stein, right, as the Chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at the Statehouse, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, left, faces reporters during a news conference held to announce the appointment of Cathy Judd-Stein, right, as the Chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at the Statehouse, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Newly appointed Chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission Cathy Judd-Stein, left, faces reporters as Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker, right, looks on during a news conference held to announce the appointment, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at the Statehouse, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announces the appointment of Cathy Judd-Stein as the Chair of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 15, … [Read more...] about Massachusetts governor proposes legalizing sports betting