Ted Streuli, Edmond

The Oklahoma Sooners are heavy favorites to win this years' Women's College World Series at -520 at FanDuel's sportsbook. After last night's Game 1 victory, a Sooner championship would pay $119.23 on a $100 bet.

But you can't do that in Oklahoma, which has yet to legalize sports betting other than horse races.

A much-ballyhooed bill in 2023, House Bill 1027, would have opened the door to in-person and online sports wagering. That was the second try in two years, but it withered and died in a committee with less umph than a bunt that rolls back to the pitcher.

But enthusiasm remained. In November, Gov. Kevin Stitt proposed a system that gave Oklahoma's tribes, which have exclusive gaming rights in Oklahoma, an option to run in-person sportsbooks while any company could pay a fee to run an online sports betting service. The tribes, who pay for that exclusivity, were not enamoured with the plan.

Nonetheless, Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, ran Senate Bill 1434, which would have made the governor's plan law. That was introduced Feb. 5 and sent to committee on Feb. 6, never to be heard from again.

Oklahoma sports betting bills are now 0-3.

Never mind that you're dying to throw down some cash right this minute on the OU-Texas game that's still more than four months away. The real issue is that the state is losing money.

One estimate puts Oklahoma's likely sports betting handle at nearly $2.9 billion, which would mean about $106 million for the state. Until the governor and tribes can find common ground, that money is going to offshore sites.

As for OU-Texas, the Longhorns are favored by 8.5 on Oct. 12.

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The nation's winningest collegiate softball coach is Oklahoma City University's Phil McSpadden.

Ciao for now,

Ted Streuli

Executive Director, Epic Text Books

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