From Mayor Q to Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt.
This town LOVES sports betting and can't wait to take a cut.
And so, as always, we pose an inconvenient question . . .
IS KANSAS CITY BETTING ON VICE A BAD MOVE FOR THE FUTURE OF THIS COWTOWN?!?
A caveat . . .
We've long noted that Kansas City has ALWAYS used vice to lure suckers and take money from fools. From Missouri Riverboats to "Open City" scoffing at prohibition laws . . .
KC's history capitalizes on gambling, loose women and the silly decisions people make under the influence of booze and other illicit substances.
However . . .
Hope for Sports betting isn't exactly the bright future that local politicos can brag about . . .
Moreover . . .
A LOT of people are going to get hurt in the process.
Introducing more gambling usually drives up the bankruptcy rates and all manner of crimes of desperation. Already we notice a sharp spike in property crime that typically accompanies economic harsh times. There's a very real risk that these problems will get worse as we open up more opportunities for local addiction.
Sadly . . .
Concern for the well-being of residents has NEVER merited much consideration from our political betters.
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com links . . .
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Legislation legalizing sports betting is headed to the desk of the Kansas governor. The decision came early Friday morning as state senators approved the measure at 1:45 a.m. The move pushes the decision to Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly who has signaled her support of legalized sports betting in the past.
The NFL will announce the slate of international games on May 4, ahead of the full regular season release on May 12. If the Chiefs had their way, they would be one of the teams set to play in England, Germany and Mexico in 2022.
It took years and one very late night but the Sunflower State is poised to become the 34th state to allow sports betting. A bill is now sitting on Gov. Laura Kelly's desk to be signed into law.Kansas City 610 Radio's Alex Gold is a proud supporter of sports betting.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Missouri's sports betting proposal may have run out of luck. The proposal brought to the Senate on Wednesday included legalizing sports betting and games known as video lottery terminals. Sports wagers would be taxed 8%, and it's estimated the state would bring in nearly $10 million per year.
Today Kansas City's 12th & Oak boss offers a bit of support to allies in Jeff City trying to advance legislation that should have been easier to pass given Missouri's longtime gambling history. Think about it . . . Most of Mark Twain's fiction is filled with stories of riverboat vice .
Developing . . .