Gaming Commission: Legal MA Sports Betting Not Launching Soon

Legal Sports report writes

Bradford Hill of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission expressed frustration at Thursday’s meeting over an inaccurate timeline reported during a local Boston sports radio interview. 

During the interview on Toucher and Rich, a scenario was presented that brick-and-mortar Massachusetts sportsbooks could take bets in three weeks. 

“Obviously, that’s not going to happen,” Hill said during Thursday’s public meeting. “It was frustrating because of the hundreds of thousands of people that listen to that show.” 

Legal MA sports betting launch months away?

Last week, a Massachusetts law panel said it seemed unlikely that the commission would issue temporary licenses to allow for sports betting this upcoming football season. 

The panel also said there was interest from the commission in having all online sports betting operators eventually launch at the same time. That would be to avoid giving anyone a competitive advantage out of the gate. 

The bill legalizing MA sportsbooks was passed Aug. 1, and the commission noted that the median timeline for launch in other states has been eight months following passage of legislation, although some states started in far less time.

Commission preaches patience

Thursday’s public meeting lasted nearly seven hours and covered a myriad of topics. But the message from the MA Gaming Commission was clear. 

“We will not compromise on getting this right for anything,” chair Cathy Judd-Stein said, reiterating the commission’s long-held stance focused on integrity and consumer protections.


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