Missouri Officials are Ready to Make Sports Betting Happen in 2024

Will some incredible Missouri sports betting news be on the way in the coming months? That’s what sports fans all over the state are hoping for, as there’s been a push in place for quite some time. However, with the legislation meeting this upcoming year, there’s a lot of hope that things will finally get over the line. With that said, Missouri officials are ready to make sports betting happen in 2024, as positive steps continue to be taken.

According to a report, officials and lawmakers are ready to really get the ball rolling for the legal push in 2024, as it’s going to be a main focus. Not only that, but the expectation is that politicians in the state are going to fully back the right sports betting bill once it’s finalized. In previous years, there has been a lot of division on this topic, but it feels like everyone is finally starting to get on the same page, which is great.

Now, though, it’s really feeling like ’24 is going to prove to be a historic one for the state. What makes a tremendous difference is that the sports betting coalition was formed by the major sports teams, including the Cardinals, Chiefs and others. Because of this, it’s clear that the owners of those organizations are ready to do what they can to help the efforts here too. It’s going to make a major impact.

With the success of teams like the Cardinals and Chiefs, it has led to a lot of illegal activity in recent years. This is something that authorities want to try and get rid of as soon as possible. The best way for that to happen would be for regulated, legal betting to be put on the table. Thus far, the recent attempts to get this done haven’t been fruitful, but the expectation is that things will be changing for the better soon, potentially by 2024.

Nearby states with legal betting add pressure for Missouri

With the way things have gone across the USA, there’s no question that nearby states with legal betting add pressure for Missouri. Of the eight states that border Missouri, seven of them have legal sports betting. The only one that doesn’t is Oklahoma, but Governor Kevin Stitt is working overtime himself to try and get things across the line soon. If Oklahoma manages to get sports betting done before Missouri, countless people will be quite angry.

“I promised Oklahomans if we pursued sports betting, we would do it right— and this plan does just that,” Governor Stitt said in a release discussing sports betting coming to Oklahoma. “Thirty-five states have already legalized sports betting, and it’ll be a great revenue stream for the state. Tribes will be able to add it onto their existing infrastructure, and Oklahomans can access it right from their phone.”

With Stitt so focused on things, people all over Missouri are hoping that the state itself will take things seriously and do what’s needed to try and push things forward. This is not going to be an easy process, but the good news is that lawmakers have been hitting the ground running with the needed steps. For the first time, it truly does feel like Missouri could be headed for legalization this time around.

However, this is most definitely going to be a long process and a lot of work is ahead. With the sports betting coalition in place, this fact alone tells you that a lot of high-ranking officials are looking forward to sports betting for local citizens. The Chiefs and Cardinals in particular are two historic teams, with World Series and Super Bowl glory, respectively, to their names. One day soon enough, their fans should be able to place in-state bets on their favorite squads.

Chiefs Super Bowl odds continue to rise

When it comes to NFL betting, there’s no question that it’d be high for the state, especially as the Chiefs Super Bowl odds continue to rise. Despite the Baltimore Ravens being labeled as the team to beat in the NFC, Kansas City still holds strong Super Bowl betting odds and they’re always going to be in contention with Patrick Mahomes as the starting quarterback.

Mahomes is well on his way to a Hall-of-Fame career, as he already has two Super Bowl titles to his name. Now, Mahomes is looking to bring home No. 3 this winter. The Chiefs are turning heads on both sides of the ball, but their recent Week 13 loss to the Packers is not what anyone was expecting. In that defeat, Packers QB Jordan Love looked unreal.

For the rest of the campaign, however, the Chiefs are going to be one of the top teams in the AFC and they’ll be ready to make a strong push during the postseason. Unfortunately, people in Missouri won’t be able to place legal wagers on this team during the postseason, but we sure hope that will change once the playoffs arrive next year. This is something that’s needed for Missouri.

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.