- A Kansas sports betting bill passed in the House 63-50.
- There have been rumors of the Kansas City Chiefs moving to Kansas from Missouri.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Some good news has come out of the state of Kansas recently as a sports betting bill has made it through the house with a 63-50 vote. However, the bill almost died out after rumors of the Kansas City Chiefs moving to Kansas gained some heat.
It has been a back and forth battle for legal sports betting to get approved in Kansas and as it has finally approached the finish line, questions concerning the revenue numbers were brought up that could have stalled things.
An estimated $10 million in Kansas sports betting revenue is expected to be made by 2025. There have been talks though about the revenue numbers going towards attracting sports teams to Kansas which has been the main concern of the bill.
The Kansas City Chiefs come into play here being that there have been reports of the team crossing the border from Missouri into Kansas as a result of the bill feeding revenue to attract sports teams.
Laura Kelly, the governor of Kansas stated that there was no intention of pulling the Chiefs from Missouri and that Chiefs president, Mark Donovan is the one that has brought up the rumors of the move.
There is a team of representatives though, including State Rep. Henry Helgerson, that is against the revenue going towards attracting teams to the Sunflower State.
“There’s a pattern of secret deals going on in the (Kelly) administration and in Republican leadership, and they don’t want to tell the rest of the Legislature and that is harmful to the system and to the state,” said Helgerson.
Overall, with the pass through the House, all of those concerns are put behind meaning sports betting is making its way to Kansas soon.
Samuel has been writing professionally for 4 years. He comes from a sports writing background where he enjoys writing mostly about basketball and football both professional and collegiate. He is a recent graduate of Florida State University where he majored in Editing, Writing and Media with a minor in Communications. During his free time, you can find him watching or playing sports as well as playing videogames and listening to music.