RALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – It seems like it’s a matter of timing, not if the Carolina Hurricanes are deploying a bookie in the arena.
In a column on The Athletic, Pierre LeBrun wrote about a conversation he had with Hurricanes general manager Tom Dundon ahead of the 2021-22 season. One of the topics covered was growing the organization’s business through sports betting, just as the Washington Capitals recently did.
“Yeah, we’re working on it,” Dundon told LeBrun.
Dundon went on to explain that he believes the betting options in the arena will be something that all 32 teams will eventually implement.
“I think everyone will have it eventually. That’s about when, for the most part, as it appears to be legal in many states and ongoing in others, ”Dundon told LeBrun. “We hope this is something (the state wants) to do.”
North Carolina lawmakers must first legalize sports betting. A bill was passed by the State Senate on August 19, but has yet to be passed in the State House.
Senator Jim Perry (R-Lenoir), one of the bill’s main sponsors, showed other members how easy it is for anyone to go online and place bets right now. Neighboring states, including Virginia and Tennessee, have already legalized sports betting.
He said it made sense for North Carolina to regulate it and generate tax revenue. He would like this money to go to low-income school districts, although he said current lawmakers cannot tie the hands of future lawmakers when it comes to allocating this money.
John Rustin, chairman of the North Carolina Family Policy Council, has been a vocal opponent of the bill, urging the legislature not to expand legalized gambling.
“All of these social issues, these issues that come with gambling are what really worry us,” he said. “Obviously, because this is a gambling bill, there is a huge financial interest behind this legislation. “