Everything is bigger in Texas. Except for sports betting, which remains nonexistent.
Kevin Sherrington of the Dallas Morning News takes a look at the status of efforts to legalize sports wagering in Texas. Powerful forces are aligned against it, but one very powerful owner could be the guy to push the needle in the other direction: Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
The Texas Republican party opposes sports wagering. It’s a natural position for conservative politicians, partially fueled in Texas by Native American casino groups from Oklahoma. Groups that prefer to lure Texans across the border to legally do that which they can’t legally do at home.
Via Sherrington, the Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation have donated more than $5 million combined to Texas officeholders and candidates since 2006. Also, Tilman Fertitta, a Houstonian who owns the Golden Nugget Casinos, has donated more than $500,000 to Texas Governor Greg Abbott.