Published Date

April 5, 2019

sports betting minnesota


MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- Much like any year, March Madness is shooting over offices around America in the form of Final Four brackets.


However, this year, there is a spin.


A United Sports Supreme Court judgment in 2018 now allows countries to set up legal sports gambling -- and it could be directed for Minnesota.


According to the American Gaming Association, 47 million Americans will bet $8.5 billion in the NCAA Championship this season, including wildly-popular office pools. Virtually all those stakes are prohibited. That's partially why countries including Minnesota are thinking about methods to legalize sports gambling.

A collection of bills at the Minnesota State Capitol could make sports wagering legal at horse racing tracks, Native American casinos as well as on mobile phones.


It's part of a national push to bet on the games. Eight states now Allow You to wager on sport: Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and West Virginia. And two -- New York and Arkansas -- are still going online this season. And that's just the beginning.


(credit: CBS) Twenty-eight states, including Minnesota, are progressing sports betting bills with the guarantee large tax revenue for countries.


Here would be the 2019 tax earnings estimates for new states with sports betting:


New Jersey: $19 million

West Virginia: $16 million

Pennsylvania: $30 million

Mississippi: $19 million

Rhode Island: $23.5 million



There is no official estimates for sports gambling tax earnings for Minnesota, and the odds are against it happening. The state can pass sports gambling on its own, however, the tribes are politically powerful and that they oppose it.