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Matt Bevin Leaves Door Open for Sports Gambling in Kentucky

Speaking for the first time since the Supreme Court ruled the federal ban on sports betting is unconstitutional, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin punted on the issue.

In an interview with Chad Young on Bowling Green’s WKCT, Bevin remained consistent.  The Governor does not believe there’s a political appetite for casino gambling, but sports gambling is a different story.

“It will be the decision of our legislature,” he said, according to WDRB’s Marcus Green.  Bevin believes the Supreme Court made the correct decision, but the Governor did not say if he would veto a bill or if he believes the legislature will actually make it happen in Kentucky.

This story will be updated with audio from Bevin’s interview.  Until then, enjoy Marcus Green’s timeline.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

37 Comments for Matt Bevin Leaves Door Open for Sports Gambling in Kentucky

  1. TBW3011
    9:43 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

    Saying it’s up to the legislature isn’t punting. It’s a pretty definitive statement. It’s up to the legislature.

    • Mathlete
      12:05 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink

      “I don’t want to get involved in this at all, this is their decision” is textbook political punting

    • TBW3011
      2:37 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink

      No. It’s not his decision to make. It’s the legislatures. It’s not up to him. Now if he vetoes a yes vote, that’s a different story. He’s given no indication he would do that.

  2. Willis talkin bout....
    9:44 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

    Of course “It will be the decision of our legislature,”That how a democracy works. He has made himself a lame duck Gov. Elections over the next couple years are going to be fun to watch!

    • ClutchCargo
      9:51 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

      He could have simply said that he would veto any bill that allows it and effectively shut it down, but he didn’t. This has nothing to do with being a lame duck or elections over the next couple of years.

  3. 4everUKblue
    9:47 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

    When will Kentuckians learn not to elect non Kentuckian millionaires to governor the commonwealth?

    • katfan33
      10:01 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

      They won’t. They’ll always vote for Republicans who mention god.

    • timbo
      10:03 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

      So the twenty or so (all but one from the opposing political party) before him were all “non-Kentuckian millionaires”, or was that just a general statement about your political preference being for the opposing party?

    • cats646
      10:40 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

      It is called the Bible Belt for a reason katfan. If you don’t like it feel free to move out. I’m sure your not doing our state any favors. Probably just sitting around taking handouts like most liberals want to do. Smh

    • katfan33
      11:14 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

      @cats646 I’ve been in KY for 38 years, UK grad ‘01 and ‘03 and I’ve been a civil engineer in Bowling Green for the past 15 years. So, I’ll stay in KY and there’s not a GD thing you’re going to do about it. How about you just sit around, thump your bible, complain about liberals and wait for your coal job to come back. Haha!!!

    • sprtphan
      11:58 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

      Just keep nominating candidates like Hillary, Allison and Jack Conway and keep crying foul Mr. Engineer.

    • CATandMONKEY
      11:00 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

      Bible belt is hardly a positive moniker.
      Signed, Not a democrat.

    • katfan33
      11:16 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

      @CatandMonkey You’re exactly right! It’s definitely not a positive moniker. The place where free thinking goes to die.

    • cats646
      11:03 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

      Are you serious?

    • cats646
      11:53 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

      You can’t think freely because you believe in the bible?? You, like most liberals, are a complete imbecile. Also, your a real big man behind a computer screen. If I did try to do something about it, you would scream and run because violence is just so scary. What would you honestly do if I came after you? Hit me with a bong or a dildo?? Liberals. Smh

    • cats646
      11:58 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

      And also I would love for coal to come back to give more of our people there jobs back. People that would rather work for there money than sit around and get handed stuff. But I have never worked in coal. My family has owned a buisness for decades. Yes, that’s right, us republicans can actually be smart. Can you believe it??

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:45 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink


  4. drbigblue
    10:29 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s hope this guy can do something right. Like not allowing sports gambling in KY!!!!! It only opens up the door and you know it will!!!! For athletes to take money to take a dive/throw a game! The media/ESPN has already polluted the games/sports already.
    “Come On Man”!!!!!

    • UK Big Board Update
      11:24 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

      Loosen that foil hat, doc.

    • Wildcatbb89
      11:41 am May 15, 2018 Permalink

      The right thing would be allowing it. The state needs the revenue it would bring in. Player/coach involvement has been a problem, see Pete Rose. Legalizing it wouldn’t make it any worse.

    • Mathlete
      12:13 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink

      If you think sports books don’t already have an outsized impact on sports, you’re fooling yourself. At least letting other states open up shop will decrease the influence of the small handful of books in Vegas that used to run the industry.

      Not to mention sunshine is the best disinfectant – legalizing and regulating things people are doing anyway, regardless of whether you like them or not, is the best way to make them safer for everyone involved. Not allowing organized crime to run the show means no one is getting their kneecaps “tested for durability” and you can put limits on how far down the hole people can get. The lottery and tracks already do this by prohibiting using credit cards to play. There are ways around that if you’re desperate enough, by they at least make you jump through a lot of hoops to be sure you’re really committed to the bad idea.

    • katfan33
      12:23 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink

      @Mathlete Exactly!! Well said.

  5. katfan33
    12:18 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink

    @cats646 Serious question… Do you really believe all liberal thinking people in this country (60%) are all free loading idiots? If so, trump has really done a number on you. And just so you know, coal is dead. It’s not coming back. And I do hate that for the people of this state, but they’ve been given opportunities to pursue other jobs but refuse to do so. That’s just ignorant. And one more thing… people receiving the most government assistance, welfare, food stamps, unemployment benefits… overwhelmingly reside in trump states, aka the Bible Belt.

    • cats646
      12:36 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink

      No I do not actually think all liberals are freeloaders. I’m just taking jabs at your side because you are taking jabs at mine, that’s called arguing. However, I do believe that most of there ideas are idiotic. I believe that there are just as many morons on the far right as there are on the far left. I just happen to lean more towards the right. I’m actually a very understanding person. But I’m also a believer in God even though I may not be the best Christian in the world. So when someone starts making fun of God or people who believe in God I will stand up and say something about it. Whether it be on this website or in real life. And I do get a lot meaner than this in real life.

    • katfan33
      12:57 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink

      I completely understand your point. Although I’m a liberal thinking democrat, I lean closer to the center than the left. And I, like you, think some of the far left ideas are ridiculous just like the right’s ideas. The only time I have issues with the whole god thing is when religious people try to start telling people how to live morally. If one doesn’t like alcohol, gambling, sex before marriage, abortion, etc… Then don’t do it. But you can’t keep people or make laws for people who want it. Considering the majority want it.

    • UK Big Board Update
      12:50 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink


      Learn the difference between those, and people (mostly, liberals) will immediately take you more seriously.

      Until then, keep threatening people. Its cute. 😉

    • cats646
      12:56 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink

      I’m not threatening anyone. What’s cute is you liberals trying to think of arguments and all you can do is say someone is racist or point out wrong grammar. Sad really. Use your animal like mind for something worthwhile instead of being so incredibly petty. It’s pathetic.

    • UK Big Board Update
      1:12 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink

      You seem to like God a whole lot. And thats great.

      Did you vote for Trump?

    • cats646
      1:28 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink

      I am pretty much right there with you on that katfan. I don’t think Christians should look down on people that choose to live there life differently. I can’t stand it when I see a bunch of “Christians” on the street yelling about how sinners go to hell. It’s like they don’t even see they’re own faults. But at the same time I think when people start making fun of people who are Christians then that is basically the same thing. And I don’t even think gambling is a sin. Ha. You seem like an alright dude katfan. And big board, really? Do you even need to ask that question? Now your just provoking stupidity. Thanks for playin but you lose.

    • UK Big Board Update
      2:47 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink

      I thought so. As a devout “christian”, you must love Trump’s Christian values. Ha. Ha ha. Hahahahahahahahahaaaaa!

    • cats646
      3:08 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink

      Actually I voted for trump because he is not a crooked politician who is only in it for money. And because he isn’t afraid to stand up to other countries (North Korea) instead of letting them walk all over them like a certain black guy I remember in recent history. I do not agree with all of trumps Christian values. That’s not at all why I voted for him. We just needed a true leader in command instead of someone who complains about something as irrelevant to today’s time as slavery. You incompetent little sh!t.

  6. katfan33
    1:10 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink

    @cats646 Let it go, man. We get it, you hate liberals for some reason. But you’re proving his point.

    • cats646
      1:31 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t hate liberals bud. Some of my closest friends are leftys and we argue like this all of the time. I enjoy it. I like hearing people’s ideas. It’s fun.

    • UK Big Board Update
      2:45 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink


    • cats646
      3:22 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink

      Big board, dude I’m texting on a phone, ha. Not writing a handwritten sentiment to your grandma, quit being so petty, sweetheart.

  7. Troll Slayer
    2:10 pm May 15, 2018 Permalink

    2 party system has divided this country. It’s divide and conquer, and it works. Until people can develop their own ideologies and think critically as a society, the working class people are doomed to continue bickering with one another while the politicians continue to fill their bank accounts with lobbyist money and campaign contributions from people with no regard for us regular folks. Just my 2¢.