Las Vegas likely will take a hit from expanded gamblingMichael Rand, The Star-Tribune · May 16, 2018 at 9:00 pmThe U.S. Supreme Court opened the door for widespread sports betting across the country with its ruling earlier this week that struck down a federal law that made it illegal in most states.Tons of things still need to be sorted out, but even so the decision already has sparked a wide range of opinions and emotions.An obvious concern is what an expansion of gambling might mean to our social fabric. There are legitimate reasons to limit sports betting. Countless laws are in place not just to protect us from our own most sinister ideas but also to merely shield us from our mediocre collective judgment.That said, freedom in any capacity comes with responsibility. I think most Minnesotans could handle being able to wager freely on sporting events. The model works in Europe, and it could work here.The more subtle tug on society, though, is the continued proliferation of distractions in our society — with sports as a leading culprit.