“This is like Sunday liquor sales on cocaine,” the Farmington Republican said on the steps of the Minnesota Capitol Monday. He then added: “Maybe I shouldn’t say that.”

Maybe. But the fact remains that legions of Minnesotans — including lawmakers like Garofalo — are stoked at the prospect of legal sports gambling in Minnesota.

The U.S. Supreme Court gave them a jolt of enthusiasm Monday when it struck down a federal law banning the practice, opening the door for states to legalize it. Garofalo said he’s hoping maybe before the NFL season starts.

But hang on, high rollers. This won’t happen overnight, if at all.

Let’s break it down.


Sports betting is still illegal in Minnesota, and Monday’s high court decision doesn’t change that. And yes, it’s illegal at American Indian tribal casinos as well, because they operate under state-licensing agreements that limit what they can do.

Also: Minnesota doesn’t have to make it legal. The Supreme Court just said we can if we want to.

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