Jerry Jones publicly endorsed legalizing Texas sports betting. Jones’ support for online gambling did not come as a surprise since he is a Dallas Cowboys owner.
What’s more, Jones has previously spoken about this topic, saying gambling has been in Texas for a long time.
His Dallas-based football team is part of the Texas Sports Betting Alliance (SBA), a lobbying group looking to legalize sportsbook operators in the state.
While pushing for sports betting in Texas, Jones joins other prominent figures like Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Both of them, alongside many politicians and lobbyists, showed support for legalizing Texas sportsbooks.
Jones thinks Texas is leaving money on the table
Jones made an appearance on Jan. 13 on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. He said sports betting is already widespread, and Texas needs to embrace something most states approved long ago.
As Jones told K&C Masterpiece on 105.3 The Fan: “Well, I think it’s really a thing that needs to be addressed at this time. One of the reasons why I think it does is because it’s happening at this time. There’s a huge amount of gaming going on in and around sports at this time.”
Jones also suggested Texas could take advantage of the money gambling would bring to the state and improve in areas like education:
“To have all of the benefits or all of the control over it, it needs to be recognized and parameters put on it and discipline put in it. Then, also the benefits that go, can go in Texas, could adhere to the right kind of people or some property tax. Certainly, help educate our great state’s children.
All of those things can be enhanced by something that’s presently going on in a big, big way and we should be getting the benefit of it as citizens of Texas. Other states surrounding us are. So it’s a time I think for us to set the rules up and execute on it and get the benefits of it.”
What is the Texas sports betting legislative timeline?
US Supreme Court removed the federal law prohibiting states from legalizing sports betting in 2018. Doing so allowed each state to decide whether to legalize and regulate it.
With California and Florida, Texas is among three of the most populated US states that do not have regulated online gambling options.
It’s been almost two years since last Texas’ push for legalization failed in April 2021. Texas now has a chance to regulate sports betting, allowing players to place legal bets.
The 88th Legislature’s regular session started on Jan. 10 and will run through May 29. An online sports betting bill has to be submitted before Mar. 10.
If the bill receives a two-thirds vote in both legislative chambers, it will require majority approval by voters in November 2023.
Many professional sports teams joined SBA to support regulating sports betting in Texas. The group also includes betting platforms like BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel and Barstool.
Former Gov. Perry joined the alliance as a spokesperson.