Georgia is Missing Out on Big Braves Bets Due to No Legal Sports Betting

As much hope as there was for Georgia sports betting to arrive later this year, that’s not going to be happening. For a while now, Georgia has been hoping to get things legal for their sports fans to enjoy, but each attempt has failed. Now, though, it feels like maybe things can finally arrive by 2024. With that, it means that people will not be able to place bets for the rest of the baseball campaign. Because of that, Georgia is missing out on big Braves bets due to no legal sports betting.

As you probably know by now, the Atlanta Braves are in the middle of an incredible season. Not only are the Braves looking like the best team in the National League, but they also hold strong MLB betting odds to win the World Series this year too. On top of that, Ronald Acuña Jr. is the clear favorite to win NL MVP. Everything is going well for the Braves these days and people all over the world are betting on them each night.

However, this only adds to the frustration of people in Georgia that they still can’t do much of anything. The illegal bets are continuing to climb during the baseball season, especially with Atlanta playing so well. No one knows if and when the lawmakers will provide some positive updates on the project down the road. For now, though, people simply have to wait and hope for the best here.

Each week, the Braves continue to put up impressive stats and victories. While this is happening, the bets would surely be through the roof. Taking that in mind, the potential revenue for the state would be unreal as well. However, millions of dollars are being lost each month for the state because no one can seem to get on the same page for legal betting. Perhaps that won’t be the case at this point next year.

Local citizens are hopeful for legal Georgia betting by 2024

Despite people being upset right now, local citizens are hopeful for legal Georgia betting by 2024. Not only that, but there has been plenty of talk about local sportsbooks getting things up and running by January. That would be massive for Georgia. For one, this would come in the heart of the NBA season for Atlanta Hawks fans to get their NBA wagers in. However, don’t forget that January will be the end of the NFL regular season and the start of the postseason shortly after.

The Atlanta Falcons have big expectations for this year and people can’t wait to see what this young team will be able to get done. With the NFC South being wide open, there’s a great chance that the Falcons can win the division and get back to the postseason. If that were to happen, then people all over Georgia would be able to place wagers on them if betting indeed is launched early in ’24.

There are still plenty of moving parts here, but you never know what might happen. If things do arrive, then we can also expect a lot of Super Bowl bets to be placed as well. While the Falcons don’t have high Super Bowl betting odds, people in the state would of course love to bet on who they think will end up taking home the Lombardi Trophy. The Chiefs hold the top odds, but plenty of other teams are ready to make some noise too.

The Bills, Eagles, Cowboys, Giants, Vikings, Lions, Jets, Ravens and more should be in contention. While people in Georgia are of course going to be focused on the Falcons, that doesn’t mean they won’t be ready to bet on any of the other teams we just mentioned as well. Once next January arrives, people will be ready to get their bets in. First, the laws will need to be changed, which feels like it could end up happening.

Pro teams are pushing for legal sports betting too

What’s only going to help Georgia’s efforts here is the fact that pro teams are pushing for legal sports betting too. Teams like the Falcons, Hawks, Braves and others are joining forces to try and do whatever is needed to help out with the efforts. You already know the pro teams and their owners know how things will be able to help their finances as well.

Imagine if sports betting kiosks make their way to stadiums in the state. That would not only add to the user experience for people, but it would also result in the teams getting a return on those wagers as well. This is only going to help from a revenue standpoint for them too.

This obviously won’t happen overnight and there are a lot of things that need to happen first for the stadiums to have betting kiosks inside of them. However, this is certainly something to monitor over the next few months. Once Georgia sports betting arrives, it could be historic for the USA. We should have an answer in the near future.


Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis Jr. comes from Mississippi where he and his family spend their days discussing college football, baseball and basketball. He's written sports journalism for years after studying journalism at a local university. Over time, Peter has cultivated extensive knowledge covering sports betting legislation across the country. He closely tracks the latest regulatory developments and provides key insights into their impacts. Peter also offers sharp MLB betting analysis, leveraging stats and trends to identify value on matchups.