The Dallas Morning News: Dallas Cowboys, Mavericks, and Texas Rangers help launch coalition to legalize sports betting

March 10, 2021

The Sports Betting Alliance wants Texas voters to decide whether the state Constitution’s ban on sports wagering should be overturned.

Signage at the DraftKings Sportsbook at The Brook ribbon cutting on October 23, 2020 in Seabrook, New Hampshire. A coalition of pro teams and mobile sports betting platforms want to legalize similar wagering in Texas. (Scott Eisen/Getty Images for DraftKings/TNS)(Scott Eisen / TNS)

AUSTIN — The state’s biggest sports teams, including the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks, are mounting a major new effort to legalize sports betting in Texas, The Dallas Morning News has learned.

The Sports Betting Alliance said it has the backing of several Texas pro teams, including the Dallas Stars and FC Dallas. In exclusive interviews, the alliance, a coalition of these franchises and betting platforms, told The News it is backing legislation to let Texans vote on whether to undo the state’s ban on sports betting. More Texas teams will be announced as alliance members in the coming days.

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