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  • 31 Dec 2020 08:07 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

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  • 22 Dec 2020 08:22 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    From 'Play ball' to 'Play Bally's'? Sinclair betting on legal gambling to boost viewership

    Sinclair Broadcasting, the owner of Fox Sports North, might soon be able to offer ways to bet on the game you're watching through your TV, phone or pad.  

    By Phil Miller Star Tribune


    DECEMBER 22, 2020 — 5:11AM


    This 2019 photo shows a gambler making a sports bet at Bally’s casino in Atlantic City N.J. Fox Sports North, which has televised Twins games on cable under a variety of names almost continuously since 1989, will be rebranded as Bally’s Sports Network (or something similar) this spring,


    Sometime next summer, the bullpen door will swing open, Taylor Rogers will jog to the mound, and Twins fans will fret as their closer tries to preserve a small lead.

    But the team's new broadcasting partner wants them to do more than just watch and worry.

    Imagine longtime play-by-play voice Dick Bremer saying something like: "Rogers has converted seven consecutive save opportunities. Can he make it eight? If you'd like to place a bet on it, just go to your Bally's Sports app and click on 'In-game wagers.'"

    Fox Sports North, which has televised Twins games on cable under a variety of names almost continuously since 1989, will be rebranded as Bally's Sports Network (or something similar) this spring, perhaps as soon as baseball's scheduled Opening Day on April 1. And along with a new look will come a new facet of broadcasts of Twins, Timberwolves, Wild and Minnesota United FC games: gambling.

    Sinclair Broadcasting, which bought FSN and 20 other regional sports networks from Fox's parent company for more than $10 billion in August 2019, last month struck an $86 million deal with Bally's Corp., which owns 10 casinos around the country, to rename the various networks and turn them into conduits not only for live sports viewership but online sports gambling as well.

    Want to bet on whether Byron Buxton hits a home run in the game you're about to watch, who will net the Wild's next goal, or whether the Wolves will score more than 100 points? Sinclair and Bally's want to provide that opportunity — eventually, right through your TV, phone or pad. It's a tantalizing new revenue stream for a TV sports industry being battered by the rapid decline of cable and satellite bundlers as consumers migrate to streaming services.

    Betting on games "creates more engagement, and that's what drives value for teams — engaged fans," Chris Ripley, Sinclair's CEO, said in a conference in November to announce the 10-year contract with Bally's. "It's a win-win for everybody."

    Well, perhaps not for the 2.2% of American adults who are unable to moderate their wagering habits, according to research by the National Council on Problem Gambling. But just about everybody who is a fan of professional sports is a potential viewer, it seems.

    Opening the door

    The former Fox regional networks own the rights to televise games of 14 MLB teams, 16 NBA teams and 12 NHL teams, an inventory — in non-COVID years — of more than 4,600 games per season. Sinclair also owns 20% of the YES Network, which carries New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets games, and is a partner in the Marquee Network, which televises the Chicago Cubs, though neither property will be rebranded as Bally's.

    Those TV rights are rapidly losing value as a younger generation grows up with eyes on much smaller screens, far more interested in interacting via phones than passively watching a sporting event. Already, Sinclair estimates that its regional networks, robbed of hundreds of hours of live programming by the pandemic, lost a combined $4 billion in value since the purchase from Fox. Drumming up new customers, particularly those not inclined to tune in to a low-wattage midweek regular-season MLB game, is becoming critical for programmers.

    They hope they have found a new way to reach those customers, thanks to an unlikely ally: the Supreme Court. In 2018, a 6-3 majority declared unconstitutional a federal law that mostly prohibited states (except Nevada) from legalizing betting on sports, a ruling that set off a rush to cash in on a gambling boom. Already 25 states have approved gambling on sports, and another 21 — including Minnesota — have considered it.

    The right age

    It's a popular, and lucrative, lure.

    The network's research shows that 63% of viewers aged 25-34, the most coveted demographic for sports advertisers, are interested in betting on sports; 46% already bet on games at least once a month; and people who bet on games are 24% more likely to tune in to watch. The rate is nearly as high among college-age adults, creating what Ripley called a "staggering" number of potential customers.

    Those young viewers grew up playing video games, which provides a template for what Sinclair and Bally's have in mind, a broadcast that not only provides gamblers for Bally's but additional viewers for Sinclair's advertisers and teams.

    "The overall vision, of which this is a keystone, is to 'gamify' sports, to make watching sports like playing a video game," Ripley said. "We think this will dramatically increase the attractiveness [of watching games], especially for a younger generation."

    That means making the games — and the virtual betting windows — available on mobile devices, another important part of the strategy. Bally's paid $100 million to purchase Bet.Works, a company that is creating gambling software for a mobile app that can connect directly to Sinclair's streamed broadcasts.

    Minnesota vice

    It's clear already that there's plenty of money at stake, which is why pro leagues, the NBA in particular, have supported legislation to allow and regulate gambling. More than $800 million was wagered on sports in New Jersey last October alone, the state's regulators reported.

    Bills have been filed in the Minnesota Legislature to legalize sports gambling in each of the past two years, but in the face of opposition from Indian tribes that operate casinos in the state, the proposals died without a vote each time. Iowa, however, was among the first states to legalize sports gambling. FSN's reach extends into northern Iowa, putting sports wagering within a short drive for thousands of Minnesotans. Casinos in Deadwood, S.D., which also receives Twins broadcasts, will begin offering wagering on July 1.

    But Sinclair and Bally's are banking on legalization eventually arriving in most states, Minnesota likely among them, and planning programming accordingly. Ripley envisions pregame shows that examine potential wagers and betting strategies "and just set up that day's game for viewers," he told investors. Bally's will purchase advertising on the broadcasts as well, and graphics about available bets someday could be added to the screen.

    Phil Miller has covered the Twins for the Star Tribune since 2013. Previously, he covered the University of Minnesota football team, and from 2007-09, he covered the Twins for the Pioneer Press. MillerStrib

  • 17 Dec 2020 15:17 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    Executive Order Allows Lawful Gambling Outdoors Beginning December 19

    In line with Governor Walz’s Executive Order 20-103, lawful gambling may be conducted outdoors at those permitted premises that provide outdoor service beginning December 19, 2020.  These lawful gambling activities must be conducted in compliance with all applicable statutes, executive orders and rules, as well as Minnesota Department of Health  and Centers for Disease Control guidance.  All statutes/rules governing the conduct of lawful gambling remain in effect and will be enforced.

    Outdoor Sales Conduct

    • ·         You may sell gambling equipment only in those areas where food and alcohol are allowed to be served.
    • ·         Cash and games (including electronic games) must be secured at all times and games must remain in full view of the site’s outdoor staff to ensure the integrity of games.
    • ·         All games must be sold and played outdoors but still on the premises.  Tickets (except raffles and sports tipboard) may not leave the outdoor dining area.
    • ·         House rules must be visible at the point of sale and reflect any changes to the conduct of games at the permitted premises to reflect the outdoor lawful gambling activity.

    Gambling Control Board Provides Regulatory Relief

    Executive Order 20-103 prohibits bars and restaurants from serving food and beverages indoors until January 11, 2021.  In response, the Gambling Control Board authorizes the following: 

    License Renewal Dates Extended

    The expiration date for all Gambling Control Board licenses that were in effect on December 1, 2020 will be extended by two months.  This includes organization licenses, premises permits, gambling manager licenses, distributor/salespersons licenses, manufacturer and linked bingo game provider licenses.  For example, if your organization’s license expiration date is March 31, 2021, your organization’s license expiration date will become May 31, 2021.

    Emergency Expenditures/Business Loans Allowed

    This provision allows a short-term loan from a veterans or fraternal organization’s gambling funds to its general fund to relieve effects of the bar and restaurant shutdown.  This provision expires on the day that the emergency executive authority expires, terminates, or is rescinded.

    Lawful Gambling Equipment Sales on Credit Exemption

    The 30-day limit on credit for the sale of lawful gambling equipment is waived. This provision expires on the day that the emergency executive authority expires, terminates, or is rescinded.

    Length of Off-site Permits Extended to 30 Days

    A licensed organization may conduct lawful gambling on a premises other than the organization’s permitted premises if it applies to the Gambling Control Board for approval (form LG230) and obtains Board authorization. The current permit maximum of three (3) days has been extended to thirty (30) days.  There is no fee for an off-site permit.  Organizations will still be limited to twelve (12) permits per calendar year. This provision expires on the day that the emergency executive authority expires, terminates, or is rescinded.

    All organizations must not restart any lawful gambling activities that are prohibited by Executive Order.  Any failure to comply with these requirements prior to the lifting of the executive orders will lead to the prosecution of all violations via applicable administrative and criminal actions.

    Steve Pedersen | Licensing Supervisor

    Minnesota Gambling Control Board

    1711 West County Road B, Suite 300 South

    Roseville, MN 55113 | 651-539-1910

    Confidentiality/Data Privacy Notice:  This email and any attachment(s) are for the sole use of the specifically emailed recipient and may contain information that is confidential, nonpublic, or private data.  If you are not the intended recipient, any unauthorized review, use, disclosure, copying, or distribution of the information included in this message and any attachments is prohibited.  If you have received this communication in error, please contact the sender by reply email and immediately and permanently delete the message and any attachment(s) without copying or disclosing the original.  Information requested may become public information when received by the board, and will be used to determine your compliance with Minnesota statutes and rules governing lawful gambling

  • 16 Dec 2020 08:39 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)


    At 1:15 pm today Governor Walz will address the state.

    Media outlets have reported that he will extend the indoor dining portion of the latest shutdown for at least three more weeks.

    The GCB posted the note below on their website on December 14.

    Don’t Jeopardize Your Organization’s Gambling License

    There have been reports that some Minnesota bars and restaurants intend to open for on-site eating and drinking prior to Friday, December 18 in violation of Executive Order 20-99.  If so, your organization may feel pressure to also restart the conduct of gambling at these locations.  Please remember that your organization is responsible for securing all games, including those played and unplayed.


    The conduct of gambling at a location in violation of Executive Order 20-99 could result in the suspension or revocation of your organization’s lawful gambling license.  If your organization has multiple premises permits, your ability to conduct gambling, even at sites that did not violate the Executive Order, could be affected.

    There are reports that up to 150 restaurants/bars are going to open in defiance of the executive order if the Governor extends his closure order. I understand the frustration that people are feeling that own their own business and are seeing that business go under before their very eyes. The ability to stand up to government when you believe government is wrong is something that I admire and has been a hallmark of our country since its inception.

    For us and our organizations the situation is different. We don’t own them. We are caretakers. We took over from those that came before us and we will someday hand it off to those coming after us. It is not our place to defy executive orders. The need for the relief that organizations like ours provide is increasing daily. We need to be around to help our communities through these very difficult times.

    I will pass along more details when they become available.



  • 13 Dec 2020 14:11 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    Liquor License of East Grand Forks Bar suspended

    The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement division (DPS-AGED) has suspended the liquor license of the Boardwalk Bar & Grill LLC in East Grand Forks, Minn., for continuing to violate Executive Order 20-99. The 60-day suspension is effective now until Feb. 9, 2021.

    Further violations will result in a five-year liquor license revocation.

    Executive Order 20-99 Implementing a Four Week Dial Back on Certain Activities to Slow the Spread of COVID-19, prohibits all restaurants and bars from selling alcohol for on-premises consumption from Nov. 20, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. through Dec. 18, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.

    The Attorney General and the Minnesota Department of Health have also taken action in an effort to bring this establishment into compliance with the Executive Order.  The Polk County District Court on Friday  granted the Attorney General’s motion for a temporary restraining order to prohibit the Boardwalk Bar and Grill from remaining open to the public for on-premises dining, as required under Executive Order 20-99

    “While we recognize the struggles that bars and liquor establishments have experienced, willful disregard of the law that puts Minnesotans in danger cannot and will not be ignored. People's lives have to take precedent during this pandemic,” said Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington. “We will continue to work with our local public safety and business partners to educate and provide advice to slow the spread of COVID-19.”

    The DPS-AGED suspension letter is attached.

    Advisory to the liquor industry

    DPS-AGED has sent a letter to the liquor industry with further information related to Executive Order 20-99, reminding licensees that:

    • All restaurants and bars are prohibited from selling alcohol for on-premises consumption from Nov. 20, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. through Dec. 18, 2020, at 11:59 p.m.
    • Establishments with on-sale liquor licenses are allowed to sell beer and wine with takeout orders pursuant to legislation signed by Governor Walz in April of this year.
    • Any liquor licensee found to be in violation of EO-99 may be issued a misdemeanor citation for the violation.
    • A second violation shall result in a 60-day liquor license suspension.
    • A third or subsequent violation shall result in a five-year revocation of the liquor license and the subsequent revocation of the establishment’s retail identification card (buyer’s card). Minn. Stat. § 340A.415.

  • 13 Dec 2020 09:43 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)


    The Department of Public Safety, Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division has asked me to forward the attached.

    While not specifically mentioning charitable gambling, a licensed charitable gambling organization found in violation of an executive order would face consequences. 

    Governor Walz has said that he will have an announcement this coming Wednesday in regards to the current bans that are set to expire on Friday, December 18 at 11:59 pm

    FINAL December 2020 Liquor Industry Advisory letterhead (1).pdf

  • 11 Dec 2020 07:59 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)


    The MN Lottery has unveiled their 2020 Holiday ad blitz . In their television/print ads on a background of scratch off tickets are the words GIVE JOY, GET JOY. See an ad at

    I buy a lottery ticket or two when the amounts are out of this world. I cannot tell you the last time that I bought a scratch off ticket.

    I have some observations in regards to the MN Lottery. Their payout averages 62%. They spend millions of dollars each year advertising their product. They make their product look more attractive/profitable than it is.  

    Their rule book is less than 20 pages, while ours is over 200 (statutes and rules). They operate under the belief that anything not expressly prohibited is allowed while we know that for us anything not expressly allowed is prohibited.

    Even if charitable gambling had the resources to advertise like the MN Lottery I would hope that we would not tell people that buying our product would bring joy.


    Al Lund

  • 05 Dec 2020 08:05 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)


    Pete Williams from the Backus American Legion had contacted his State Representative Sandy Layman. Please see her response below.

    Thank you to Pete and to all who contacted their state legislators.



    “The GCB recently posted the FY 2020 Annual Report on its website. Here’s the link:


    What is noticeable to the public is that the GCB has included more detail than ever before in terms of profitability analysis and use of funds in this Report. Engaged gambling managers should find lots of new, useful information disseminated in this report. Detailed statewide information is available in the agency’s annual report.  These numbers can be used by organizations to compare themselves with the statewide averages for different types of operations.


    In terms of not posting each individual organization’s data, to date this has not been an immediate agency priority, as the purpose of this data is posted to reflect organizations’ ability to meet the annual statutory Star Rating requirement (use of profits for lawful purposes). You may recall during the 2020 First Special Session, the Board proposed and the Legislature approved pandemic relief measures based on industry input. This resulted in the Statutory requirement being waived.  The reported numbers are only based on income and expenditures through June 30, 2020.  Loans, cash banks, inventory, federal aid, and other factors caused organizations reported income and expenditures as of June 30 to not accurately reflect a gambling operation’s overall health or efficiency.


    Now that the Annual Report to the Governor and Legislature has been posted, the Board can prioritize other issues. Posting the individual numbers with the caveat to explain the waiver and the lack of meaningful results can occur. We endeavor to accomplish this within the next 2 weeks. In the meantime, data requests for information and communicating with assigned staff to obtain statistics free of charge remain as methods available to organizations.”


    As noted in the final paragraph, the Board plans to issue the individualized reporting you are seeking.


    Best regards, 



    Sandy Layman

    State Representative District 5B


  • 04 Dec 2020 07:36 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)

    There will be no automatic extensions for filing or paying.  However, organizations may ask us to cancel or reduce filing or payment penalties if they have a reasonable cause or are negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, updates, and resources, see Our Response to COVID-19.

  • 04 Dec 2020 06:13 | Rachel Jenner (Administrator)
    U.S. Bank Stadium reserve predicted to balloon to nearly half a billion dollars by 2025

    By Rochelle Olson Star Tribune

    December 3, 2020 — 9:53pm

    Fueled by surprisingly strong electronic pulltab proceeds even amid a pandemic, the state fund set up to pay off U.S. Bank Stadium debt is now projected to balloon to nearly half a billion dollars in the next five years.

    The stadium reserve fund is expected to grow to $419 million by mid-2025, according to the budget forecast released this week by state economists. Though the fund relies on the e-pulltab games played at bars, in a year when eating and drinking establishments have endured several forced closures, it’s still expected to jump to $81 million by the end of the current fiscal year in June.

    Legislators return in January for a session likely to be dominated by figuring out how to fill a projected $1.3 billion gap between tax collections and spending obligations in the ensuing two years.

    “That’s going to attract a lot of attention. There’s going to be a lot of people who look at that and say, ‘Yeah, we can do something with that money,’ ” said Allen Lund, executive director of Allied Charities, whose members run the pulltab operations across the state — and who has some ideas of his own for all that pulltab money.

    At the Capitol, when there’s cash collecting in a reserve, there’s no shortage of ideas on how to spend it — especially in challenging economic times.

    The city of Minneapolis, home to the stadium and a contributor to its construction, is asking for relief from the state for its first $17 million payment on the building next year. Gov. Tim Walz floated the idea of using some of it to help those experiencing homelessness.

    But the Minnesota Vikings, also financial contributors to the stadium, want to wait until 2023 when the debt can be refinanced on a tax-exempt basis for maximum savings — and the building could be paid off a decade early. The team got strong support for that position from both parties, and from a veteran lawmaker who was in the room when the stadium deal was cut.

    “I will absolutely fight to the death anybody who thinks they can raid that fund,” Sen. Tom Bakk of Cook said this week. A former Senate DFL leader, Bakk recently turned independent, and the Senate’s Republican majority tapped him to chair the Senate’s public construction committee.

    Bakk said he’s “determined” to pay the bonds back early on U.S. Bank Stadium.

    “We worked on that thing for a decade and I am not going to take that apart,” Bakk said.

    The Legislature legalized e-pulltabs, located in bars that host local charitable gaming operations, to cover the state’s share of the $1.1 billion, public-private stadium. The public share of the stadium tab came to $498 million, with $348 million coming from the state and $150 million from Minneapolis. The Vikings, as the main tenant, are paying the rest.

    The state uses the pulltab revenue to make annual payments on the debt. Last year, the state paid $42 million. The payment will be $44 million by 2025. After the annual payment is made, excess pulltab revenue is funneled to the stadium reserve.

    In 2025, the excess expected to flow to the reserve is $99 million. Underpinning the numbers are pulltab sales, which account for 95% of the state’s gambling revenue.

    In the first third of the current fiscal year — July through October — gross gambling sales already hit 50% of the entire previous year at just over $1 billion. Gross sales for all of the previous year, which ended June 30, were just over $2 billion.

    “After the first shutdown, we came on stronger and faster than I ever thought we would,” Lund said.

    Lund has argued unsuccessfully for more money for the charitable operators. Even as profits increase, he said, charities are getting a smaller share.

    Charitable gambling wasn’t “meant to help rich people, it was meant to help people that need help,” Lund said.

    In 2012, the charitable operations received 6 cents on the dollar spent for pulltabs. By 2019, the number was 3.5 cents. This year it’s 3.29 cents, Lund said.

    “Everybody else tends to do better every year and we keep doing worse,” he said. “We’re supposed to be the reason for the season.”

    State leaders started to notice the swelling nature of the stadium reserve a year ago. The Vikings have stuck with the position that the money shouldn’t be diverted to other uses.

    “We are back on the mantra of ‘use the money for its intended purpose,’ ” Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley said.

    The city of Minneapolis’ stadium debt comes due next year with an expected payment of $17 million. State Rep. Mohamud Noor, DFL-Minneapolis, said the city “absolutely” wants relief from the first payment — and he said there should be a “longer-term conversation” about what to do with the rest of the reserve.

    Sen. Julie Rosen, chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee, cautioned that the reserve is still a projection and, she said, a “little vulnerable.” Paying off the debt as efficiently as possible is still the best option, she said.

    House Speaker Melissa Hortman, DFL-Brooklyn Park, also sounded cautious about tapping the pulltab reserves.

    “Yes, there’s a surplus there now, and it does look appealing to meet immediate needs,” Hortman said this week. “But we have to balance that against the possibility in the future of refinancing and saving taxpayer dollars.”


    Rochelle Olson • 612-673-1747

    Twitter: @rochelleolson

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