Supreme Court clears hurdle for sports betting in CT

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Gov. Dannel Malloy says he may call the state's General Assembly into a special session to consider legalizing sports betting in Connecticut after the Supreme Court overturned a federal ban on it.

At Winners, an off-track betting facility operated by Sportech in Norwalk, officials say they welcome the chance to host regulated sports betting. 

And they may get the chance to soon after the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, which banned sports betting in every state except Nevada.

Connecticut has previously tried to legalize betting on football, basketball, baseball and other sports. If state legislators approve a sports betting bill, they say it will include regulations. And the state, which gets 25 percent of slot machine revenue at its two tribal casinos, is hoping to make some more money.

A recent study found that people in Connecticut spend around $600 million on illegal sports betting each year. If it becomes legal, the state could collect at least $44 million in taxes and fees annually.

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