In case you missed it, yesterday, Lieutenant Governor Burt Jones addressed his support for legalized sports betting in Georgia and his commitment to getting it passed through the state legislature. Watch more from his media availability:
The AJC also expressed optimism about the measure this morning, including support from the Atlanta Braves:
“Legalized sports wagering in Georgia is no longer a longshot bet after a bipartisan coalition of state Senate leaders introduced a bill backed by the Metro Atlanta Chamber and Atlanta’s pro teams to allow wagering on sports.
“The measure introduced late Wednesday by Republican state Sen. Clint Dixon of Gwinnett is co-sponsored by a group of key lawmakers, including Senate Minority Leader Gloria Butler of Stone Mountain, the chamber’s top Democrat, and Sen. Bo Hatchett of Cornelia, one of Gov. Brian Kemp’s floor leaders. Lt. Gov. Burt Jones is also said to back the idea.
“’The Braves are excited about the opportunity to bring mobile sports betting to Georgia,’ said Derek Schiller, President and CEO of the Atlanta Braves. ‘We appreciate Lieutenant Governor Burt Jones and Senator Clint Dixon putting forward a bipartisan bill which brings the state’s long established professional sports teams, who have invested in the state and employ thousands of Georgians, to the table. Over the last several years, we have watched closely as 38 other states have legalized mobile sports betting and collected billions of dollars in tax revenue. Like an overwhelming majority of voters from across the state who support sports betting, we are glad to see that revenue generated will go toward funding important programs like Pre-K and the HOPE Scholarship.’”