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Gambling and Sports Betting News February 13, 2020: Atlanta Pro Sports Teams Join Forces to Support Legalized Sports Betting

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Feb/13/2020

Here are today's headlines in the world of gambling and sports betting as they happen - Thursday February 13, 2020.


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Atlanta Pro Sports Teams Join Forces to Support Legalized Sports Betting

Atlanta Falcons CEO Rich McKay remembers sitting in an NFL meeting recently, talking about the Oakland Raiders’ impending move to Las Vegas. It’s a city that was once off-limits for professional sports teams because of its association with gambling.

“‘Can you imagine we’re talking about a stadium opening in Las Vegas,” said McKay, recalling his conversation with a longtime colleague. “Five years ago, we wouldn’t have talked about being allowed the plane to land in Las Vegas. So times have changed.”

Times have indeed changed as professional sports teams are now fully embracing gambling as a way to sustain interest from their fans.

McKay on Thursday was sitting alongside his counterparts with the Atlanta Hawks and Braves at a roundtable luncheon organized by the Atlanta Press Club. These franchises, along with Atlanta United, are pushing state lawmakers to make sports gambling legal in Georgia.

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