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Missouri’s pro sports teams push to get legal sports gambling on 2024 ballot

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A coalition of Missouri’s professional sports teams is backing a new effort to legalize sports betting that could put the issue to voters on the 2024 ballot.
After missing out on millions of dollars in betting revenues over the past several years, the sports teams decided they are done waiting for the Missouri Legislature to act and instead have taken the first step toward an initiative petition drive that would circumvent lawmakers.
The effort is spearheaded by the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team, and also includes the Kansas City Chiefs football team, the Kansas City Royals baseball team, the Kansas City Current and St. Louis City soccer teams, and the St. Lous Blues hockey team.
Gathering petitions signatures and running an advertising campaign for a ballot measure can cost millions of dollars — a price the teams are committed to collectively help cover, said Mike Whittle, the Cardinals’ senior vice president and general counsel, on behalf of the coalition.
Legalized sports betting would

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