Kansas Sports Betting Bill Signed Into Law: Will This Lead to a Chiefs Relocation In-State?

Jun 21- 6 min read

Kansas Sports Betting Bill Signed Into Law: Will This Lead to a Chiefs Relocation in the State? 

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As of June 20th, Governor Laura Kelly signed the Kansas sports betting bill into law with the hopes that Kansas citizens will be able to legally place their wagers as early as the beginning of football season. Other than the legalization of sports betting in Kansas, this bill was passed in hopes of attracting professional sports in Kansas, with hopes the Kansas City Chiefs would relocate in-state.

Kansas Sports Betting Bill Signed Into Law 

This new bill passed into law states that online sports betting will be allowed in Kansas, but only once it has been proven to earn money. The permanent rules for Kansas online sports betting must also be approved before January 1st, 2023. However, KS plans on having Kansas sports betting apps up and running by this fall.

Once the bill is effective and sportsbooks have acquired their licenses to operate in Kansas, bettors can start placing their wagers. There are four casinos in Kansas that will operate and offer both online and retail sports betting. Each casino will have the opportunity to partner up with up to three different sportsbooks. These casinos will also be able to work with up to 50 additional locations in order to set up in-person betting stations such as kiosks.

Will the Kansas City Chiefs Relocate in Kansas? 

Ever since the bill has passed, speculation has been flying around about a potential relocation for the Kansas City Chiefs. Although fans may be looking for a relocation, it is doubtful it will even happen. After the Kansas online sports betting bill was passed, Governor Laura Kelly was asked about the potential relocation.

Kelly explained how she nor anyone from her team has approached the Chiefs, however, it’s important to never say never. Kelly also explained how money would be a major issue as the amount of money that this bill will generate probably won’t be enough for funding a professional football team.

What’s Next for Kansas Online Sports Betting? 

Just because we haven’t heard any definitive news about the Kansas City Chiefs relocating to KS, doesn’t mean the state will stop pursuing a professional sports team. 80% of the revenue earned from Kansas online sports betting will go towards a fund for attracting a professional sports team.

Apart from using online sports betting as an attraction for professional sports teams, Kansas is set to have at least 12 sportsbooks and betting sites active in the state. A few of the sportsbooks bettors can expect to see are Caesars Sportsbook Kansas, PointsBet, BetMGM, and many more to come.

These sportsbooks are also aiming to become active in Kansas before January 1st, 2023. Kansas online sports betting is hopeful that bettors can begin placing their wagers this fall for football season.

Another state to keep an eye on is Ohio, with their expect launch to be after the New Year on January 1st, 2023.

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