A coalition in Missouri has reopened plans to legalise sports betting in the state, with a host of sports organisations leading the charge.
Like many US states, Missouri do not legally allow sports betting within its parameters but legislators have shown a desire to legalise it – without much success.
Attempts to change the legal view on sports betting in Missouri have slowed down, but professional sports teams have unionised to help push the agenda.
A coalition which includes a variety of sports teams in Missouri continue to lead the way in hopes of legalising the act soon. St. Louis City soccer team, St. Louis Blues hockey team and baseball team, St. Louis Cardinals are the three trailblazers.
The coalition have decided to create eight ballot questions in hopes of gaining a positive response from voters within Missouri.
Positive outcomes of this vote would be $29 million for education and a $5 million progression in problem gambling funds.
However, this ploy is set to face some issues as a report from St. Louis Post-Dispatch is expected to be released and highlight how not all are in agreeance with making sports wagering legal.
A Remington Research Group survey indicates that 54% of the expected 711 voters will be against the legalisation and just 26% will vote in accordance – leaving the remaining 20% as unsure.
170,000 signatures are needed from supporters to allow one of the eight questions in the ballot to be sanctioned.
The Cardinals’ president, Bill DeWitt III, said: “I would be thrilled if we could get legislative action because then we wouldn’t have to do it. I’m hopeful, but I’m also being realistic.“
Sports betting in the USA has started to become more frequent, with more and more states legalising various forms of sports wagering.
According to data from the American Gaming Association, there are 37 states, as well as Washington DC that offer a form of sports betting – leaving a few that still consider the act illegal.