The Most Popular Sports to Bet on in Texas
Is Sports Betting Legal in Texas?
No. Betting in Texas is not allowed, but there is growing interest in having legalized sports betting. Getting through the sports betting legislation will be a more significant challenge because they must first change the constitution.
Legislation to Legalize Sports Betting in Texas
A Texas sports betting bill was introduced in 2019 to allow in-person and mobile sports betting, but it didn’t pass. But there is a push to get it back on the agenda as the sports betting market is projected to be one of the largest in the country. The Texas Sports Betting Alliance was formed between several sports franchises and sportsbooks to legalize sports betting, promote freedom, end lawlessness, and protect Texans. They believe it’s in everyone’s best interest to bring retail sports betting along with online sports betting.
The only sports betting allowed in Texas is horse racing. Fans can bet at a handful of race tracks but cannot bet online. There is no online betting allowed except for daily fantasy sports. But government officials know that the amount of sports betting revenue they can bring in would be close to what New York brings.
Professional Sports Teams
There are various major sports teams, each with its fan base and geographical location.
National Football League Teams
There are two NFL teams in Texas with wildly different backgrounds and successes.
Headquartered in Frisco and owned by Jerry Jones, the Cowboys play their home games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. They formed in 1960 as an expansion team in the NFL. They have won the Super Bowl championship five times and have the NFL record of 20 straight winning seasons (1966-85), only missing the playoffs twice.
Founded in 1999, the Texans play their home games out of NRG Stadium and are the youngest franchise in the NFL. They replaced the Houston Oilers, who played from 1960 to 1996, before moving to Nashville and becoming the Tennessee Titans. They have numerous playoff appearances but have yet to make it past the Conference championships.