The lawmakers in Kansas are pushing for sports betting by Jan. 1, 2020, but they can’t decide how to regulate it and have conflicting views on professional sports leagues involvement in revenue. Since the Supreme Court decision on May 14, 2018 that struck down the federal ban on sports betting (PASPA), states can now legalize sports betting with legislative approval.
Once sports betting becomes legal in Kansas, residents age 21 and over will be able to bet on pro and college football and basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, tennis, golf, boxing, UFC and other types of sporting events. Residents age 21 and over will be able to bet at commercial casinos, racetracks and other locations to be determined along with mobile and online platforms.
Legislation updates on sports betting in Kansas
Early in 2019, Kansas filed three bills related to legalizing sports betting following an introductory bill in 2018.
H 2032 – Sports gaming be operated and managed solely by racetrack gaming facilities
H 2068 – Creating the Kansas sports wagering act.
S 23 – The Kansas Sports Wagering Act
The Kansas lottery would be the regulatory body. Mobile wagering and online betting is proposed, along with sports betting at five commercial casinos located in the state. However, Senate Bill 2032 would limit sports betting to horse racetracks only.