Texas Sports activities Betting “is not going to see the sunshine of day at this session”
The second highest politician in Texas poured cold water on the idea of legal sports betting in the state.
Speaking on a local radio show Tuesday lieutenant governor And Patrick said TX Sportsbook was “not I will see the light of day at this session. “
“I’ve never been for it,” said Patrick. “I say the same thing every year. Don’t talk about income. The teams and casinos trying to promote sports betting say they could generate $ 150 million a year through their numbers. That’s a lot of money. But it pays off for half a day of our annual budget.
“People were fooled many years ago when they were told that the lottery will pay for education. Well the lottery pays off for a few days of training. Our budget is $ 125 billion. So if you want to offer sports betting or casinos, talk about jobs and tourism. Don’t talk about money because members know better.
Not enough political will for Texas sports betting
Texas would have to change its constitution to allow sports betting, but Patrick said the Senate was “far from” getting the votes.
“The Democrats are all-in, but if you don’t even have a sponsor, you don’t spend a lot of time doing it,” said the lieutenant governor.
Republicans have one 18-13 majority in the Senate 21 votes needed to send a constitutional amendment to voters. Patrick also said the Texas sports betting push is being held back by the number of stakeholders pushing in different directions.
Stakeholders fight among themselves
As LSR reported last month, Texan professional sports teams are supporting a bill that would make them licensees. These teams finally set the record this week with this support.
Dallas cowboys EPP and Chief Brand Officer Charlotte Jones told the Dallas Morning News:
“There are already unregulated and illegal sports games going on in the state of Texas. Legalized sports betting would regulate the industry and generate hundreds of millions of dollars of new revenue for the state that would help fund critical programs without collecting taxes. “
However, there are also casino interests pushing for legalization in the state and opposition from religious groups and Oklahoma Game trunks.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Patrick. “Usually a problem has two sides. But there is so much contention and competition here. So it’s not going anywhere. It is not an issue that will see the light of day at this session. A bill may have been tabled at that meeting, but I doubt it. “
So you say there is a chance?
Despite Patrick’s reluctance, two gambling bills were submitted to Texan lawmakers this year.
Rep. Harold Dutton submitted a sports bet bill in January, although it hasn’t moved yet.
Likewise, Senator Roland Gutierrez submitted a bill this week to amend the state constitution to allow casinos. Stakeholders including Mark Cuban and Las Vegas Sands have expressed their support for the effort.
Overall, the industry now appears to be facing an uphill battle.