Kansas legalizes betting on sports; revenues to help lure Chiefs across state line

The Kansas City Chiefs take the field before the AFC Championship game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium on January 24, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Kansas City Chiefs take the field before the AFC Championship game against the Buffalo Bills at Arrowhead Stadium on January 24, 2021 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo credit Jamie Squire/Getty Images

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Legal sports betting is coming to Kansas, but state officials and others aren't sure how quickly sports fans will be able to start making their wagers.

One operator hopes it will be by the time the NFL season starts.

The measure signed Thursday by Gov. Laura Kelly dedicates most of the the state's share of revenues to efforts to lure the Kansas City Chiefs from Missouri to Kansas.

The new law will allow people in the state to use cellphone or computer apps to bet on sporting events and to place bets at state-owned casinos or up to 50 other locations chosen by each casino.