Sports betting bills pit Cardinals, Royals against casinos

Missouri is one of more than a dozen states currently considering the legalization of sports gambling, and the Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals want a piece of the action if the state changes its laws.

Representatives of the Cardinals and Major League Baseball expressed support for legislation debated in a Senate committee Wednesday that would legalize sports betting and give them 1 percent of all bets.

Sen. Denny Hoskins, R-Warresnburg, who proposed the legislation, estimates it could bring in between $18 million and $40 million in extra revenue for the state.

The casino industry opposes Hoskins’ measure and prefers a bill that entails a lower tax rate and more power for the Missouri Gaming Commission.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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