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Coach Cal Throws Some Support Behind Legalizing Gambling in Kentucky

If you were to rank the voices that are the most influential in Kentucky sports today, Coach Cal would almost certainly top the list.

Which is why it makes sense that when a significant opportunity arises, like the Supreme Court’s decision to allow states to legalize sports gambling, we should get Coach’s take on the subject. The Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale reports Cal’s opinion on the matter:

“There’s all this money out here,” Calipari said at the NBA combine Friday. “The gambling is not going away. It’s there. Maybe everybody sharing it because it’s going to happen anyway.”


In terms of sharing that gambling revenue, there are plenty of worthy places for it to go besides a bookie’s pockets. (*cough* pension system *cough*)

If you’re like most of us here at KSR, you’re probably also in favor of legalized gambling. Whether you yourself want to place a few bets, or you just don’t care whether other people do, you can probably also see the economic benefit that such a new enterprise would have in a state with plenty of “knowledgeable” sports fans.

So what’s the over/under on time until Kentuckians can gamble?



Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.

9 Comments for Coach Cal Throws Some Support Behind Legalizing Gambling in Kentucky

  1. Kernel Sanders
    11:17 am May 20, 2018 Permalink

    Over/under on legalized sports betting in KY? Rest assured that by the time Kentucky’s legislature decides to do it, the maximum benefit to the state will have long since passed. We will be somewhere in the #45-50 range. Years.

    • Han
      12:39 pm May 20, 2018 Permalink

      Likewise with legalizing marijuana.

  2. huck
    11:36 am May 20, 2018 Permalink

    First I will say, let people do what they want.

    What is this “economic benefit” you talking about…. what was the economic benefit of the billions of dollars of coal that left the state…. If there were to be an economic benefit our idiot politicians would take $500(boptrot?) and grin while the rest walked off…

    • Han
      12:41 pm May 20, 2018 Permalink

      Not saying gambling’s the future (it isn’t), but coal is definitely the past. As is oil.

      Our government just needs to stop taking kickbacks and start working on training the parts of our population that are working in industries that are going away/automated.

    • There is still no substitute for coal or oil. Coal still powers much of our electricity, so how are you going to power a Tesla or a Spark without it? Wind power is not sufficient, and windmills kill raptors. Solar power isn’t sufficient, and solar panels are being cast into landfills at an alarming rate, and sometimes being burned to reclaim the copper. Who knows what kind of environmental damage that’s doing. Neither wind nor solar can take the place of coal or oil.

  3. ukkatzfan
    12:09 pm May 20, 2018 Permalink

    Talk about all that money that can bail out the pension problem. Lottery was told to bail out ALL budget woes. I can tell you one place the pension problem problem starts. Look at politicians salary, compensation and retirement and then compare it to teachers. As far as gambling solving problems…. Greed is one of the deadly sins. You can talk Greed or you can talk Good choices. Up to you.

  4. Luether
    2:05 pm May 20, 2018 Permalink

    Gambling ruins families…

  5. rlburd2
    4:01 pm May 20, 2018 Permalink

    Yep legalize gambling and all the budget probs are yesterday’s news lol. What a bunch of klobknockers.

  6. I love Cal, but he’s a coach, so he’s no more informed on this than the next guy. I don’t know why anyone thinks he knows any more than others on this subject.