Sports betting is on the docket in yet another state, Missouri. The state is home to a legion Big 12 fans. Legalized sports betting will keep local aficionados on their toes in placing wagers for the athletic conference’s tournament games.
On the tails of the United States Supreme Court on changes in gaming laws, Missouri wants to be right there to take advantage of the new legalization parameters. Several bills are about to become law in the statehouse. Residents will soon get to bet via apps on their mobile phones. Sure, they already access FanDuel and DraftKings, but it is not for local benefit.
If the bill mandating a 6.25% tax on gambling passes, money will be available for schools and other state programs. A poll conducted of random fans reveals that most think sports betting is just fine. There is no need to keep it off shore when the community needs funding. The impact is likely to be positive for everyone.
The Kansas City Royals are definitely on board. A spokesperson for the team explains that House Bill 119 is the only legislation that clears the high bar our fans, our sport, and our state deserve.
Nevertheless, there are detractors waiting in the wings to cry foul. The National Council on Problem Gambling is criticizing Missouri for a lack of concern over the issue of abuse and addiction. The officials in the council believe that access to sports gambling in casinos or via apps is highly detrimental. If legalized gambling expands in the state, more addiction is likely to rear its ugly head, exacerbating existing problems.
A version of this article first appeared at kctv5.com