All IN: Sports Betting

Nov 18, 2019

It is now legal to bet on professional and college sports in Indiana. For the first month, only casinos could take official bets on games. But in October, after mobile betting was allowed, Hoosiers placed over $92 million in bets on sporting events.

Clearly, Hoosiers like to bet on sports. But can we expect these numbers to stay this high? And what does it mean for tax revenues?

Today on All IN we talk to statehouse reporter Brandon Smith to get the inside look at how this came to be, who supported it, and what it allows. We bring in a lawmaker who co-authored the bill that legalized sports wagering in Indiana. And we hear from representatives in the casino industry about what it means for their business.

Produced by Maggie Gelon.

Guests:

Brandon Smith
Indiana Public Broadcasting, Statehouse Reporter

Dave Strow
Vice President of Corporate Communications, Boyd Gaming Corporation

Chris Leininger
Chief Operating Officer, French Lick Resort

Jon Ford
Indiana State Senator

Bill Sullivan
Author, “Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces that Make Us Who We Are”