Massachusetts Sports Betting Hopefuls to File Paperwork by Monday
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Massachusetts Gaming Commissioners met Thursday, reminding applicants that if they fail to meet the deadline they won’t be considered for any of the 15 online licenses up for grabs.
Three of those will likely be filled by BetMGM, Barstool and WynnBet, who have partnerships with state casinos. Casinos and racetracks will control an additional five licenses, with seven “untethered” available to entities that do not own retail property, like Boston-based DraftKings.
Five operators have submitted surveys so far, according to Thomas Mils, a spokesperson for the MGC.
More than 40 entities have shown interest in the seven untethered licenses. Figuring out how to award those will likely be the commission's biggest challenge over the next few months.
The commission released a draft version of license applications last week, though no entity has formally commented on them yet.
Gaming Laboratories International, which does testing and certification services contracting, will work with the MGC to implement sports betting, commissioners said at the meeting.
On Oct. 10 the MGC agreed to a timeline to start in-person sports betting in late January and online betting by early March, barring unforeseen delays
Massachusetts legalized sports betting on Aug 10, after Charlie Baker signed a last-minute deal between the state Senate and House into law.