The story of the day is the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the federal ban on sports gambling. States that want to offer sports betting are now free to do so, and many are moving quickly to be among the first to get in on the action.
However, here in Kentucky, it will take a change at the top to get the ball rolling in the Bluegrass. Governor Matt Bevin is not a fan of expanded gambling, and though he hasn’t made a statement since the Supreme Court’s Monday ruling, we have a quote from his appearance on Terry Meiners’ radio show last week.
Meiners asked Bevin if he is still against it, to which Bevin said, “I’m personally not a proponent of it. I don’t think there is any political appetite for it, so I’m not alone in that regard, and I don’t see it as a solution. I really don’t.”
“It’s a bit of a sucker’s bet to think that a little bit of money over the next couple hundred years is going to fix a problem that could be remedied by just passing smarter policies and being more thoughtful with respect to the promises we make and the things we do financially in this state.”
You can hear his full comment towards the end of this clip:
While Bevin is opposed, several Kentucky lawmakers have said they will pursue the legalization of sports betting. Among those is Senator Julian Carroll, who pre-filed a bill in the fall to be ready for today’s events, but it did not pass.