Oklahoma is on the brink of attracting more professional sports teams, thanks to a new bill that aims to bring job incentives to franchises considering a future in the state. State Rep. Jon Echols, who grew up in Oklahoma City, has worked with the Department of Commerce on the idea and believes now is the right time to pass the bill due to upcoming opportunities.
The Quality Jobs Act includes an incentive program aimed at promoting job growth and improving companies’ bottom lines by injecting cash back into businesses as they expand and create new jobs in Oklahoma. Echols sees this as an opportune moment for the state to pass the bill, as Oklahoma is now being looked at by other entities for potential franchises.
While there is no certain pro-sport expansion at present, the passage of HB 3959 would create pro-sport incentives across the entire state, not just in Oklahoma City. State leaders hope that this bill will help to attract more professional sports to Oklahoma and build momentum for the sports industry in the state.