Jerry Jones could bring sports gambling to Texas
The Lone Star State doesn’t like gambling, but the Cowboys owner might change that
It’s no secret that Texas has its back turned on gambling of virtually any kind. Even companies that operate within the definition of the laws can sometimes be targeted for elimination. However, if Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones gets his way (and he often does), sports gambling might actually make it to the Lone Star State.
The anti-gambling stance in Texas isn’t necessarily driven by the desire to keep the state’s residents on a sin-free path. Instead, it’s been maintained thanks to the lobbying efforts of Indian tribes such as the Choctaw Nation and the Chickasaw Nation, both of which operate casinos just outside stateliness. They both have given over $5 million to lawmakers and candidates in Texas since 2006 in an effort to help sway legislative opinions.
Tilman Fertitta, who owns the Golden Nugget Casinos, has also been working to keep gambling out of Texas. He has donated over $500,000 to Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas. Where Fertitta might be swayed is with the possibility that sports gambling could prove beneficial to the Houston Rockets, the NBA team he owns.
There are rumors beginning to circulate that Jones could try to bring sports gambling to the state. These rumors were reinforced by Jones himself, when he refused to comment on the subject when asked during a recent interview with Kevin Sherrington of the Dallas Morning News – Jones is never one to dodge an opportunity to give comments on any subject.
This certainly isn’t enough to say that anything is definitely in the works in Texas, but, given the changes seen across the nation and the possibility that Jones might try to facilitate similar changes in his current stomping grounds, the smart money is on Texas embracing sports gambling sooner rather than later.