Atlanta’s pro sports teams push online betting Christopher Quinn, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution · February 15, 2020 at 6:51 pm The heads of Atlanta’s big four professional sports teams continued their push for the legalization of online sports gambling in Georgia, promising Thursday that legislation will be introduced soon. Steve Koonin, president and chief executive officer of the Atlanta Hawks, told a group of more than 100 journalists and business people that he didn’t know which legislator would bring the proposed legislation to the floor or when. But, Braves chief executive officer Derek Schiller said, it will happen “very soon.” The Falcons and Atlanta United are also backing the idea. Team executives contend that sports gambling is already happening in the state, just illegally. Legalizing it will drag it into the sunlight and allow the state to regulate it, tax it and limit it to online, they told the Atlanta Press Club.