Minnesota Sports Betting Bill Faces Hurdles with In-Game Wagering Ban

Legislators have introduced a ban on in-game wagering as part of the Minnesota’s sports betting bill, SF1949. This amendment, which aims to bolster consumer protections and address problem gambling, may stand as a substantial obstacle in the bill’s path to becoming law. The amendment was among several proposed during a session of the Senate Commerce and Consumer Protections Committee, where the bill was under scrutiny.

The inclusion of an in-game betting prohibition is a contentious issue, with Sen. Matt Klein, the bill’s sponsor, and Sen. Jordan Rasmusson, the amendment’s proposer, at the forefront of the debate.

Rasmusson, who advocated for the ban, believes it will mitigate “loss chasing” by bettors, a sentiment echoed by problem gambling experts. However, critics argue that such a ban could jeopardize the bill’s viability, pointing out that in-game betting constitutes a significant portion of the sports wagering market in the U.S.

Jeremy Kudon, President of the Sports Betting Alliance, emphasized that in-game wagers account for over half of all sports betting, a figure expected to rise to 75% by 2030.

Minnesota Sports Betting Bill Faces Hurdles with In-Game Wagering Ban

Minnesota State Senator Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) will introduce version 2.0 of his controversial sports betting bill next month.

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The proposed legislation aims to provide Minnesota’s 11 tribes with the ability to offer in-person and online sports betting, with the state levying a 10% tax on sports betting revenue. Additional measures within the bill seek to enhance support for problem gambling, including the establishment of a robust hotline and the commissioning of studies on identifying and mitigating problem gambling behaviors.

Despite these protective measures, the bill faces opposition from various quarters, including the horse racing industry, which is seeking inclusion in the sports betting framework. Sen. Zach Duckworth, a proponent of amendments to support the horse racing and charitable gaming sectors, ultimately withdrew his proposals, signaling ongoing discussions.

The push for sports betting in Minnesota has been a complex affair, with previous sessions failing to reach consensus among key stakeholders. The Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) party, despite holding control, has faced resistance within its ranks and from Republicans advocating for the horse racing industry’s involvement. The bill’s progression to the Senate Taxes Committee marks a crucial step, but the newly introduced amendments, particularly the in-game wagering ban, present fresh challenges.

As the debate continues, the future of sports betting in Minnesota hangs in the balance, with stakeholders closely monitoring the bill’s progress. The consensus among tribal leaders and industry experts is that while the legislation has potential, the amendments introduced could significantly impact its adoption and implementation.

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