Supreme Court lifts ban on sports betting, but Missouri may wait awhile

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a federal law that had prevented most states from authorizing sports betting. The move opens the door for states to legalize gambling on sports, but given the timing it may not have an immediate impact in Missouri.

Bills that would legalize sports betting have been introduced in the Missouri House and Senate. But with the General Assembly in its final week, it’s unlikely that any of those bills will advance to Gov. Eric Greitens’ desk.

Gaming industry advocates have said legalizing sports betting would add $60 million to Missouri casinos’ annual revenues.

Casino operators and other gaming companies that do business in Missouri welcomed Monday’s ruling, but sports organizations were cautious in their responses. All four major sports leagues and the NCAA had urged the Supreme Court to uphold the law, citing concerns about the integrity of their games.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Missourinet

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