The state of Kansas is attempting to use taxes on sports bets to lure the Kansas City Chiefs

The state of Kansas is attempting to use taxes on sports bets to lure the Kansas City Chiefs Kansas would impose 10% tax on each bet, with 80% of revenues used to provide incentives for pro sports teams to come to stateGetty Images - Sillasderuedas

Kansas would impose 10% tax on each bet, with 80% of revenues used to provide incentives for pro sports teams to come to stateGetty Images

Kansas legislators were close yesterday to “approving a measure authorizing sports betting that would dedicate most of the state’s revenues from it to efforts to lure” the Chiefs from Missouri to the Kansas side of the metropolitan area, according to Hanna, Field & Skretta of the AP. The Kansas Senate was expected to vote yesterday evening on a bill “allowing people in the state to use cellphone or computer apps to bet on sporting events and to place bets at state-owned casinos or up to 50 other locations chosen by each casino.” The state would impose a “10% tax on each bet,” and the measure says that 80% of the revenues — perhaps $5M a year — would “go into a fund to provide incentives for professional sports teams to come to Kansas.” Supporters contemplated “trying to lure” the Chiefs to the Legends (a shopping and entertainment district in KC) that is already home to Kansas Speedway, Sporting KC and a state-owned casino. With a decade left on their lease at Kauffman Stadium the Royals are “considering options that include a new stadium” in downtown KC (AP, 4/27).

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