Minnesota tribes, pro teams support sports betting legislation

Minnesota tribes, pro teams support sports betting legislation

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February 21, 2023 3:49 PM

Tuesday the Minnesota Indian Gaming Association, and the state’s professional sports teams signaled their support for online sports gambling in Minnesota.

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Rep. Zack Stephenson sponsored the bill that includes so-called tribal exclusivity, meaning that tribes would get the only licenses to put sportsbooks in their casinos and to partner with mobile app vendors.

“Minnesotans have been waiting a long time for the opportunity to engage in fair sports betting,” Rep. Stephenson said in a statement. “House DFLers have continued to listen to and consult with the 11 sovereign tribal nations and other stakeholders over the last few years to ensure the best outcome for Minnesotans. Our bill is a step in the right direction to ensure consumer protection while engaging in sports betting. “