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Do the right thing, Kentucky


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Sports betting is now legal and will soon be a common experience for sports fans. It will change the way we consume games, whether you have money on the line or not. Most professional leagues (if not all professional leagues) will embrace the gambling side of their respective sport. The networks will put an emphasis on the spread in each game, and handicapping will become a large portion of your favorite sports shows. Broadcasters will no longer make passing references to the backdoor cover; they will say it straight into the microphone when that meaningless field goal flips the betting outcome. Everything is about to change.

The biggest change, though, will be the economical impact on the states that embrace sports betting. New Jersey is ready to go and will be taking your bets in time for the NBA Finals. Other states, including West Virginia, are ready to capitalize on the new opportunity to rake in millions of dollars. And they will rake in millions and millions of dollars annually. New Jersey officials think they can bring in $8 billion in bets per year. Billion. Imagine all of the money those bettors will spend on hotels, food, booze and other forms of tourism, too.

But in Kentucky, I’m afraid we’ll be left behind. We’ll see West Virginia, Indiana, Illinois and Ohio build massive sports books that many of us will drive across state lines to visit. We’ll dump our money into the neighboring sports books the way we already dump our money into those nasty, smokey casinos that nobody really wants to visit anyway. Imagine all of the people already leaving Kentucky to pull a slot machine lever, and then double or triple or quadruple that number to get the waves of sports fans leaving Kentucky to place a bet on the Wildcats. It will happen if Kentucky doesn’t answer the bell and reap the benefits of this new legalization of sports gambling.

Imagine going to Red Mile on your way to Rupp Arena for that Tuesday night game. Red Mile could be a gold mine in this basketball-crazed city/state. March Madness alone could bring in so much money (money this state desperately needs) if Kentucky jumped on board. The states that do it first will own the sports gambling scene in each region by becoming a destination spot for sports fans. Why couldn’t Kentucky be the one to do it?

Unfortunately, we all know what will happen here in the Bluegrass. We’ll watch state after state do it first until it’s too late to become a major player. My guess is Kentucky will be the 50th state to legalize it, probably sometime in the year 2045.

But hey, horse racing! Right?

Do the right thing, Kentucky.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

19 responses to “Do the right thing, Kentucky”

  1. Willis talkin bout....

    Won’t happen till Bevin is gone. He and so called “Conservatives” ,whom have already sacrificed almost every moral and convictions they once held to support the current GOP, will thump the bible on this one. We still have dry counties in this state. How long ago was prohibition ended?

    1. katfan33

      Truth!! Well said.

    2. runningunnin.454

      1933.

    3. Cmstew502

      Don’t be dumb. This state has been owned by democrats for decades. Politicians in this state, regardless of party, say no to everything by default

    4. bd2153

      Exactly right state been in the backwoods for years. Hicks run this state never looking at the future. Still wanting to rule our lives. Buy lottery tickets and horse betting but bet on a professional Storting event. Lord help us.

    5. Cousins Fake Tooth

      This atheist, pro gay marriage supporting republican disagrees with you.

    6. catdaddyd

      There are dry counties in the state because the people of that County vote that way. It’s called a democracy. If the people of Kentucky want this they will vote for it.

    7. cats646

      I think Willis wants a dictatorship in our country that way we can all be forced to do things we don’t want to do. Stupidity and nonsense spewing from your brain to your keyboard. Think before you type.

  2. Cmart0907

    If Bug eye Bevin have anything to do with it. Betting won’t happen until he is gone.

  3. Bob Ed Thom

    AS a Conservative in this state I am OFFENDED by the argument that it is morally objectionable.
    The Lottery, Horse Racing, BINGO are all gambling that the state allows and promotes.
    A FOOL AND HIS MONEY WILL SOON BE PARTED……………….but that is their free will to decide to throw all their rent money on a horse, Quick Pick, or 30 bingo Cards (But that takes skill to scan all those cards all at once), but not on a basketball game or slot machine…….STUPIDITY.
    Grow UP Kentucky Legislature!!!!!!!

    1. chris43

      BINGO!! No pun intended…

  4. Ridge Runner

    Here’s hoping the state of Georgia gets it on board too Drew.

  5. BPatte

    The legislature has never listened to the people. Once they get to Frankfort big money controls them. bevin is lost, he needs to go back where he came from.

    1. catdaddyd

      Wallace Wilkinson was elected governor because he promised a lottery. So evidently he listened to the people.

  6. ukcamel

    No way will Kentucky be last to legalize, that’ll be Alabama, because Utah never will.

  7. (Aixelsyd)0505

    Keep Kentucky classy with horse racing and bourbon n basketball to counter the inbreeding Classless Louisville fans

    1. JoeMoney333

      Wow, there is a lot of wrong happening here. That’s not even including the grammar.

  8. Jiminy Crickets

    Churchill is ready, so is red mile. They’re waiting. You don’t think Churchill expanded again because of the crowds on Wednesday during the summer do you? All of the expansions are wired for volume gaming. Churchill downs will be KYs first gaming center, followed quickly by Red Mile, and Turfway park.

  9. cats646

    I just think it’s stupid to gamble unless your really good at it. Waste of money. It probably would be good for our state though so I don’t care either way.