Missouri lawmakers debate legalized sports betting rules

What if someone places a bag of cash at the front door of an athlete?

Brian Kelly
November 08, 2019 - 9:03 am

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) — What if someone places a bag of cash at the front door of an athlete?

That was one of the scenerios presented Thursday as the Missouri House Interim Committee on Gaming wrapped up its final hearing.

"What is the player supposed to do?" asked Committee Chair Dan Shaul of Imperial.

Officials with Major League Baseball, the NHL and the NFL Players' Association were in Jefferson City yesterday, testifying before the Missouri House Committee looking into sports and video gaming.
Committee Chair Dan Shaul of Imperial says that's one of the questions that will have to be answered by lawmakers as they consider legalizing sports betting. 

"The player shouldn't become the victim in this. And they want to set some clear rules and guidelines for how and what action the player or person should take if they feel they're influenced to act a certain way because of sports betting."
In addition to hearing from multiple players' associations, the committee also heard from bar owners who say legalizing video gaming would boost their business. Shaul agrees, saying with bordering states rushing to expand gaming, hundreds of millions of dollars is at stake. 
As for sports gambling, Shaul says that's very doable, but the devil is in the details. He expects multiple pieces of legislation to be crafted for the upcoming session.

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