Iowa sports betting likely to come down to wire in 2019 Brian Pempus, SportsHandle · March 14, 2019 at 11:50 am Many signs have pointed to Iowa as one of the strongest contenders to legalize sports betting in 2019, but a compromise over the provisions of the bill has yet to be hashed out. According to a report from The Daily Iowan, some policymakers are currently at odds over whether or not to make it illegal to take bets on college sports. Some Iowa Democrats reportedly want the bill to prohibit those bets, as well as in-play wagers on an individual athlete’s performance in collegiate and professional sports. Ironically, the pro sports leagues welcome in-play wagering with open arms. “Those are all potential, additional forms of engagement for viewers,” NBA Commissioner Silver said in April 2018.