Members and Associate Members,
Due to circumstances beyond our control (hotel is renovating) we are moving the location of our monthly ACM board meetings for the remainder of the year. Our June 18, August 20, September 17, October 15 and December 17 meetings will be held at the Country Inn and Suites at 2740 North Snelling Avenue Roseville, MN 55113. Our meetings start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the monthly Gambling Control Board meetings, typically at 11 am. All members and associate members are welcome. ACM does not have a July board meeting and our November board meeting is at convention.
Legalizing of sports betting is already happening in several states. From what I can see it is happening in states that have very little charitable/social gaming. If you have not shared the attached op-ed piece with your legislators you need to do that. Those that are looking to have sports betting approved in Minnesota predict that dollars bet annually will be in the billions. Sports betting is high stakes gambling pure and simple. Quartz Media says that there are over 1000 ways to bet (called prop bets) on a football game that do not depend on the score or outcome of the game. In Las Vegas a person can bet the proverbial farm on each and every bet made. This is serious gambling and needs to be regulated and taxed at the very least as much as charitable/social gaming is. Charitable gaming operates under 200+ pages of rules/statutes. Having sports betting become legal in Minnesota with only a handful of pages of rules/statutes would be a serious disservice to all Minnesotans and the safety net that charitable gaming has provided to the state for over 70 years.
Sports themed tip boards are coming, just not yet. There were no sports themed tip boards submitted for approval for the June GCB board meeting, which means that the first ones would not come up for approval until the July GCB board meeting. Manufacturers/Distributors are working with the GCB to design boards that conform to existing statute. The silver lining for us is sports themed tip boards are not subject to the state gambling tax. The average charity would need to sell at least $4000 worth of pull tabs to equal the net profit from one $10 per square 100 square sports themed tip board. See the attached update from the Gambling Control Board regarding sports themed tip boards.
Op-ed sports book 05222018.pdf