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Sports betting subject of new case

Many people in Minnesota are avid fans of professional or collegiate sports and many may even find the occasional bet on a game, meet or other event fun. While certainly this form of gambling can be enjoyable it may also prove lucrative depending on the amount of money a person bets. However, when it comes to betting on sports, this is currently not legally allowed in Minnesota but a case before the U.S. Supreme Court now may well change that.

As of today, there are only four states in which people may legally place bets on sporting events. Those states include Nevada, of course, but also Montana, Delaware and Oregon. This is based in part on a 25-year-old piece of legislation known as the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. Enacted in 1992, this law limits gambling activities related to sports. 

However, now the State of New Jersey has taken up the fight alleging that the PASPA is actually unconstitutional because it gives states no autonomy while simultaneously forcing them to follow a federal ban on specific activities. The Supreme Court is expected to hear this case in early December and make a ruling in the first part of next year. There may be multiple outcomes of the case but many are hoping for a full overturn that may allow legalized sports betting in all 50 states.  

Minnesota residents who may be facing criminal charges involving sports gambling might want to talk with an attorney to understand the potential impact of this case in their situation. 

Source:, "Outlook Rosy for Sports Betting if Supreme Court Approves Legislation," Kevin Horridge, October 22, 2017

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