Missouri sports teams want to see sports betting on the ballot
By Bob Garcia
As more states legalize sports betting, Missouri sports teams don’t want to be left out
According to reports shared late last week, several Missouri sports teams are pushing for the state to open its doors to sports betting as soon as possible. A group made up of these teams is trying to submit a proposal to make this market part of the Show-Me State and many residents seem to be supporting the notion.
Last week a Jefferson City attorney took on the task of submitting nearly ten different ballot proposals on the issue on behalf of the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis City Football Club, and Kansas City Royals. According to the provisions set forth by the proposals, many of the taxes generated from this market would be used for the improvement of education and roads in the state.
Missouri has witnessed too many failed attempts in the past of different efforts to pass sports betting as the GOP-led Legislature seemed to have been an impenetrable wall. Because of this, the teams feel it is far better to take the issue directly to the voters and let the residents decide if there is a space in the state to open up the sports betting market.
Republican Senator Denny Hoskins has made various efforts to make sports betting a reality; however, suggesting that legalization of this industry could mean that lawmakers will not have the facility to address any potential problems with the program once it is enacted. In Missouri, if the idea is to be placed on the ballot, a certain number of voter signatures are needed, and backers say the process could begin soon.