Texas might actually mess with legal sports betting in 2021 Brad Allen, Legal Sports Report · January 12, 2021 at 8:00 pm Online sports betting legislation might be on the table in Texas this year and professional sports teams could be the gatekeepers to the sector. According to multiple sources, LSR understands the Texas Governor’s Office has reached out to lobbyists and regulators in states like New Jersey for advice on the best way to legalize sports betting. “Something is going to happen in Texas,” said Bill Pascrell III, a lobbyist with the Princeton Public Affairs Group. “It’s complicated because there’s no gaming culture and nothing definitive yet. But the governor is interested and the legislature is interested.” Sources indicate the TX sports betting effort is backed by influential team owners including Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys, Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks, and Tilman Fertitta of the Houston Rockets.