Another state thinks sports betting is a panacea.
Georgia elected officials are looking for new revenue sources and it appears that a Georgia House committee is ready to tackle the question of whether to bring horse racing and sports gambling into the state. There is no horse racing in Georgia and horse racing is a sport that has seen better days but politicians think Georgia needs jobs and that the horse racing industry would be a panacea in the rural parts of the state. There is also a thought that casinos should open in Georgia. The casinos could in theory house Georgia sportsbooks but nothing is imminent and there will be long discussions about the pros and cons of Georgia allowing the horse racing, sports gambling and casino businesses in the state.
It has been 16 months since the United States Supreme Court came down with a decision that legalized sports gambling. Nevada got legalized sportsbooks in 1949. New York, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, Oregon, New Mexico, Arkansas, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Tennessee now have various forms of sportsbooks. Colorado voters will get the chance to say yes or no to legalized sports gambling in a November 5th referendum. Four states are moving ahead with legislation working through the system. California, Massachusetts, Michigan and Ohio lawmakers are debating the pros and cons of sports betting. Major League Baseball and the National Basketball Association were looking for an integrity fee from Delaware and New Jersey once those states got sports betting up and going. MLB and the NBA wanted states to implement the same rules that apply in France and Australia where a piece of the pie, would be kicked back to the leagues so that the leagues could monitor sports betting to make sure it was all above board. The leagues continue to strike out in that effort.