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Kentucky betting bill should pass next year; Buffalo Wild Wings explores betting options

A Kentucky legislator said there’s a good chance they pass legislation early next year allowing legal sports betting in the state.

“This is a way we can get revenue without using the dreaded word ‘tax,’ ” said McGarvey, a Louisville Democrat who said Reps. Jason Nemes, R-Louisville, and  Rocky Atkins, D-Sandy Hook, are other members of the group.

“This is not a panacea. It’s not going to cure all of Kentucky’s financial woes. But it is a way to get some money coming to already depleted coffers,” McGarvey said, adding that it would partially offset deficits in some social services, including Medicaid.

Buffalo Wild Wings is looking to take advantage of the spread of legal sports betting in its restaurants.

“As the largest sports bar in America, we believe Buffalo Wild Wings is uniquely positioned to leverage sports gaming to enhance the restaurant experience for our guests,” a Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson said in a statement to ESPN. “We are actively exploring opportunities, including potential partners, as we evaluate the next steps for our brand.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo may be holding off until after the November election to act on sports betting.

Bonacic described the governor as being uninterested in accomplishing anything this year. But he said if Cuomo wins re-election this year that he expects the governor — no  longer in campaign mode — would take the lead on sports gambling legislation, potentially including it in the state budget.

“I think Cuomo will try to be a hero and do it when he sees what the other states are doing,” Bonacic said. “He’s beyond the election.”

Caesars Entertainment addressed whether or not they will offer the same betting lines in different states.

ESPN Chalk’s David Purdum published an article about how sports betting went mainstream.

There has been sudden sea change, though: In just the past five years, society’s — and the sports leagues’ — acceptance of sports betting has markedly increased. A myriad of factors brought us to this revolutionary point in American gambling history: Daily fantasy rose to prominence, the media embraced point-spread talk and the leagues, with the help of some new forward-thinking commissioners, softened their opposition.

It all culminated last week with a press conference that had the commissioner of the NBA sitting side-by-side with the CEO of one of the largest legal bookmakers in the U.S. to announce a partnership.

The times, they are a-changing, and whether or not America is ready, legal sports betting is now mainstream.

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