New Poll Shows Massive Support for Texas Sports Betting

While we wait to see if lawmakers will provide a positive update on Texas sports betting in the near future, it continues to be made clear that people all over the state are hopeful that things will be made legal soon. For years now, folks in the Lone Star State have been pushing for history to be made, but nothing has happened. With that said, a new poll shows massive support for Texas sports betting and it’s something that needs to be taken seriously.

According to a report, a new poll asked 1,000 citizens of legal betting age (over 18) about whether or not they would vote yes on a new sports betting bill down the road. In surprising fashion, more than 67 percent of those polled said they would mark ‘yes’ if things were ever to make their way on the ballot. The big-time expectation is that things indeed ever make their way to a Texas ballot, that people will vote things through.

However, time and time again, officials have tried to move forward with a sports betting bill, only to see things not make it through legislation. As things stand, the hope is that legal sports betting can arrive sooner than later. However, politicians need to get on the same page. Not long ago, an online sports betting bill was in the works and it looked like things would end up moving forward.

However, nothing was able to get done and Texas football fans are having to go through another upcoming fall without legal options on the table. With that said, this new poll has shown that people would very much welcome sports betting if it were made available to them. Only time will tell if things end up changing in the next year or two, but the fact of the matter is that local citizens would be all for it.

Texas fans are furious they can’t bet on the NFL this season

While there was hope that things would be locked in by now, that’s not the case. Because of that, Texas fans are furious they can’t bet on the NFL this season. We are two weeks away from Week 1 of the NFL regular season getting here and the anticipation could not be higher right now. In Texas, people are always going to be focused on the Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott.

After some major additions this offseason both in free agency and the NFL Draft, the Cowboys hold strong NFL betting odds to not only make the playoffs, but potentially win the NFC East as well. Looking ahead to the start of the season, America’s Team can help their Super Bowl betting odds improve by taking down the New York Giants once Week 1 gets here. That should be a great game.

The Kansas City Chiefs remain the favorites to win it all, as the AFC West powerhouse captured the Lombardi Trophy last year. With Patrick Mahomes back and ready to defend his MVP honor, there’s a lot of pressure on the Chiefs to get the job done. However, there are plenty of teams ready to prevent that from happening, with the Cowboys being on the list. It will come down to how strong Prescott can play.

From start to finish this season, people are going to pay close attention to the Cowboys’ odds. Fans in the area would love nothing more than to place legal bets on them, but they won’t be able to do so this season. It’s a major bummer for Cowboys fans and NFL supporters across the board. This is only going to be a problem in the Lone Star State until officials work together to get things moving forward. This is something that needs to get done.

People will continue to leave the state for their betting needs

With how uncertain things are, people will continue to leave the state for their betting needs. Nearby, Las Vegas isn’t too far away, so this of course makes a lot of sense. However, more and more people are also making their way to Louisiana for their betting needs. New Orleans is always going to be a popular destination, as the major city is known for exciting betting options and fun nightlife.

With this, local businesses in New Orleans and other cities nearby are seeing a boom in their industry. This also means that money is being spent outside of Texas, when it very well could be benefitting local businesses in the state. This is something that Texas officials know all about, which is why they think legalizing betting would be great for so many.

Sportsbooks would surely open up in Texas as well, which would provide more job opportunities for people. Texas is such a massive state too, that legal sports betting would be a win-win for everyone involved. No one knows when that date will arrive, though. As we’ve said before, the more time that passes by without legal betting for Texas, the worse it will be for so many sports fans.

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.