Opinion: Last-minute pushes fall short in Georgia sports betting efforts

The epicenter of American sports is in Georgia this week.

Augusta National welcomes some folks for a little golf tournament starting Thursday, which is the same day the World Series championship banner will be dropped at Truist Park in Atlanta when the Atlanta Braves open the MLB season against the Cincinnati Reds.

Stage, however, does not equal stakes for Georgia sport fans. At least not this year.

Monday was the deadline for the state legislators to get a bill on Gov. Brian Kemp's desk before the end of the legislative session. But the Georgia House and Senate were unable to come to terms on a bill. Their divide was as wide-reaching as a 12-team parlay.

And Peach State lawmakers' inability to legalize sports betting will be a lose-lose proposition for the state.