Casinos Weigh In on Supreme Court Sports Gambling Decision

We have continuing coverage on a Supreme Court decision to let states legalize sports gambling.

Monday — the high court ruled in a 6-3 vote to strike down a 1992 law that prohibited most states from allowing betting on sports.

Now, we’re taking a look at how it could impact northern Michigan casinos down the road.

You could soon start placing bets on sporting events here in Michigan.

What that means for local casinos, depends on the regulations Lansing puts in place.

“Obviously we have to wait with what the state does. There’s a market for that and there are other states that have proven markets of sports betting in hundreds of millions of dollars,” said Erik Rodriguez Interim Public Relations Director for the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.

Erik Rodriguez with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant says the interest in sports gambling is already there.

“With it federally being illegal for the last number of decades, it is something that we will have to seriously consider what avenues are there, and what approach we take if we are interested in putting a sports book into our establishment,” said Rodriguez.

But the decision will ultimately be left up to the state.

“It’s no longer federal regulation so now they’re allowing the state to make the determination whether or not they want the sports betting to be legal. We hope to be a part of the discussions if the state looks at entertaining the new legislation involving sports,” said Rodriguez.

Resources like the Department of Health and Human Services Gambling Help Line are also preparing for the possible legalization of sports betting

‘We’re looking at it from the vantage point of we’re going to provide the services the same as we have previously, however there will be more attention that we’re looking to bring to the area of sports and sports gambling,” said Alia Lucas, Program Specialist in MDHHS’  Gambling Disorder Prevention and Treatment Services Section.



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