World Series of Politics

World Series of Politics

Episode 13: Governor Rick Perry explains why Texas is ready for sports betting

March 14, 2023

He’s a former Secretary of the Environment, and Texas’ longest-serving Governor, and now Rick Perry is joining Brandt Iden and Brendan Bussmann on the World Series of Politics.

Governor Perry believes legislation from Senator Lois Kolkhorst and Representative Jeff Leach, that paves the way for a public vote on sports betting regulation, is the best way to bring legal wagering to the Lone Star State.

The bills already have the backing of the major Texas franchises; all its professional sports teams are behind the Texas Sports Betting Alliance - for which Governor Perry serves as spokesman - a level of unity not seen before.

“There’s never been this coming together, to work on one issue [before],” the Governor explains.

This, he says, means he’s confident that if Senator Kolkhorst’s Senate Bill 715 and its House counterpart, Leach’s HB1942 lead to a vote on the issue, it will pass “overwhelmingly”.