Kansas Sports Betting Could Arrive This Football Season

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on June 26, 2022
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Kansas sports betting could arrive sooner than expected, according to a recent report.

While initial reports had sports betting going live in Kansas in the early part of 2023, Gov. Laura Kelly painted a more optimistic timeline. She told assembled media last Monday that legal Kansas sports betting could begin sometime during the coming 2022-23 football season.

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Kansas Sports Betting Process Begins July 1

Officially speaking, the legal sports betting process for Kansas begins July 1. That’s when the bill signed this May by Kelly — and approved by majority vote in the state House and Senate — comes into effect.

However, machinations have already begun with operators like BetMGM, Caesars, DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook forming partnerships with local casinos. Sometime around August, the regulatory process will begin in earnest. During that time, everyone will get a more clear picture of which online sports betting operators will offer their services in Kansas.

In-Season Launch Should Strengthen Early Kansas Revenues

That doesn’t leave much time before the start of football season, which kicks off in late August for college and early September for the NFL.

However, any launch during the season would add quite a bit of money to the state’s coffers. The original Kansas sports betting timeline called for things to go live Jan. 1, 2023. Considering the regulatory process can take months, many figured that for the launch date.

Jan. 1 happens to coincide with Sunday of Week 17 this coming NFL season. So, the state could have squeezed in some revenue from the last two weeks of the NFL season before additional windfalls during the playoffs and, of course, the Super Bowl.

In some US states, revenues during football season can amount to many times the revenues of spring and summer months. Excitement figures to be high as ever in Kansas as the nearby Chiefs saddle up for what’s expected to be another season of contention.

Therefore, the newly optimistic launch timeline could be great news for everyone involved. Bettors can get in action sooner and the state can begin counting and spending its newfound coin.

Even if a pre-season launch seems unlikely, Kansas sports betting could arrive sometime this fall and add one more state to the growing legal betting market.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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