It seems that Massachusetts sports activities betting won’t launch till 2023, with the present unfastened timeline seeing retail sportsbooks opening in January. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
No sports activities betting till 2023
It seems that sportsbooks won’t be able to launch in Massachusetts till January on the earliest. In a Thursday assembly to debate the subsequent steps, Massachusetts Gaming Fee (MGC) govt director Karen Wells defined that the “most aggressive” timeline would see retail sportsbooks opening in January, adopted by on-line sportsbooks launching earlier than the tip of February.
making an allowance for sure hurdles that also want negotiating
The timeline was not a advice from Wells, however quite her present ideas on the matter, making an allowance for sure hurdles that also want negotiating. One of many potential obstacles that might lengthen the timeline can be if the MGC opens a public remark interval for sports activities betting.
Nonetheless up within the air
There was no vote through the eight-hour assembly on Thursday on the definitive launch dates. An emergency MGC assembly is being held at midday on Friday to debate the matter additional. The hope is that a minimum of retail sportsbooks will likely be up and working in time for the Tremendous Bowl on February 12 and on-line sportsbooks stay in time for March Insanity. These are the 2 largest occasions for US sportsbooks most years.
A delay within the launch of sportsbooks in Massachusetts would result in a lack of important potential income. Betting operators have already expressed their frustration on the lack of correct tips.
a complete of 15 on-line sportsbook licenses up for grabs
To date greater than 40 events have expressed their curiosity in getting a license. There will likely be a complete of 15 on-line sportsbook licenses up for grabs. Every of the state’s three casinos has entry to 2 on-line sportsbook skins, whereas the 2 racetracks each have entry to a single on-line pores and skin. That leaves seven untethered on-line licenses obtainable.
Demand for sports activities betting
There was quite a lot of stress for sportsbooks to roll out sooner quite than later in Massachusetts. It took various years for sports activities betting to be legalized, because the legislature often stalled and took its time.
The expectation is that sports activities betting will likely be very fashionable in Massachusetts, as it’s residence to many well-supported sports activities groups, together with the New England Patriots, Boston Pink Sox, Boston Celtics, and Boston Bruins.
It was solely in early August that Governor Charlie Baker signed sports activities betting laws into legislation. Bettors within the state are very longing for sportsbooks to launch, however the MGC needs to make sure that there is no such thing as a rush to launch because it might jeopardize gaming integrity and client safety.