Kansas sports betting deal gets tangled with roadblocks

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April 30, 2019 - 10:33 AM

Major League Baseball says legalized sports betting in Kansas would mean it would have to more closely police against cheating, and that it should get a cut of gambling revenues to cover that cost. KCUR FILE PHOTO

Legalizing sports gambling in Kansas seemed like a safe bet earlier this year. It’s a new source of tax dollars and enjoys bipartisan support.

Yet so far, attempts to advance a sports gambling bill have struck out.

In baseball terms, it’s the bottom of the ninth inning for the issue this year. Lawmakers return this week for the final days of the session. If they don’t advance a bill, sports gambling in Kansas will be benched until 2020.

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