Massachusetts Sports Betting

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Massachusetts

 Updated March 28, 2022

Massachusetts online sports betting is not yet legal, but there's momentum in 2022. Five major bills have been introduced and will be continuously debated within committees. Some details need to be hammered out, like how many licenses will be granted and whether betting on college sports will be legal, but with the biggest sportsbook operator in the U.S. (DraftKings) headquartered there, expect movement this year.

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Massachusetts Sports Betting Key Takeaways

⚖️ Is sports betting in Massachusetts legal?

Not yet. Lawmakers have gone back and forth with issues relating to budgeting and college sports wagering. Five sports betting bills have been introduced but have yet to make it past the Senate. Legalization is expected by late 2022 or 2023.

💸 What are the requirements to bet online in MA?

Once legalized, it is likely bettors will need to be 21+ years of age and physically in the state (verifiable by your mobile device's geolocation tech or a downloadable desktop plugin) to place wagers from your phone once sports betting is legalized in Massachusetts.

📒 What mobile sportsbooks/DFS providers are available in MA?

PrizePicks is the only DFS provider currently available to MA residents.

🏈 What sports will I be able to bet on in Massachusetts?

Once sports betting is legalized, you will be able to bet on all the major American league sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NHL) and more such as European basketball leagues, cricket and rugby. College sports wagering continues to be an issue for MA lawmakers.

PrizePicks is currently available in 30 states and Washington D.C. and is among the most simple and exciting DFS games in North America. More specifically, users just have to place their bets, pick their favorite players (ex. Jayson Tatum or Mac Jones), and choose over/under totals for a chance to win cash. New users can claim a deposit match on up to $100. 

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MA's Sports Betting Overview, Timeline and Background

It remains to be seen exactly what online sports betting will look like in the Bay State, especially since there are so many competing bills in both the House and Senate five to be exact, which will be debated and hammered out within legislative committees over the coming weeks and months.

There's always a lot of attention on the future of online sports betting in Massachusetts, in part because one of the biggest (if not the biggest) sportsbook in the U.S., DraftKings, was founded and is currently headquartered in Boston. Because of various lobbying efforts, it will likely be a priority for legislators within the next two years. 

Massachusetts Sports Betting Background

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and bipartisan members of the Democratic-controlled legislature have floated dozens of sports betting legalization bills in the three years since the Supreme Court struck down the federal wagering ban. None have gained serious traction. The most recent committee session in January 2022 also ended with disagreements between lawmakers in the Bay State. 

Massachusetts policymakers have had to weigh a myriad of growing and influential gaming interests, starting with the nation’s most lucrative per capita state lottery and continuing with the more recent launch of full-scale commercial casino resorts. Casino operators and sportsbooks will continue to fight for access to the region’s most populated state. 

In addition to the potential financial windfall, several top national sportsbook brands have additional tangible and intangible interest in Massachusetts;

  • DraftKings: The Boston-based daily fantasy sports operator-turned sportsbook giant would undoubtedly fight to keep market preeminence in its home state. The company pays a national-high 51 percent of gross gaming revenue to neighboring New Hampshire in exchange for a market monopoly.
  • FanDuel: DraftKings’ New York-based arch-rival, FanDuel Sportsbook would not take another Northeastern market shutout lightly.
  • Penn National: The company’s Barstool Sports brand, led by native son Dave Portnoy, rose to national prominence from MA headquarters. The company’s Plainridge Park harness race track and slot parlor also gives it a brick-and-mortar foothold.
  • MGM: Since opening its Springfield casino just feet from the Professional Basketball Hall of Fame several years ago, MGM has aggressively expanded its BetMGM app in nearly every possible market since. It would undoubtedly look to grow its already sizable Massachusetts casino investment with a retail and digital sportsbook.
  • Wynn: Encore Boston Harbor seeks to be the most prominent gaming option in the region’s most populated metropolis. Its newly launched WynnBet sportsbook app would be another piece of that mission.

Massachusetts has higher-than-average household incomes and education levels, both factors that positively correlate with sports betting interest. That, plus some of the nation’s most iconic and beloved professional sports teams, creates one of the most coveted potential U.S. markets.

Notably, Massachusetts’ most prominent universities oppose college betting in a state where many still remember the Boston College point-shaving scandal of the late 1970’s. Though industry stakeholders argue college betting prohibitions just fuel the black market, college betting remains another contention point helping to stall the bill.

Massachusetts' Legalization Timeline

It's still a work in process getting sports betting to the goal line. We'll bet you care more about the sports of it all than the legal history, but here are some of the important events that got us to where we are today:

January 2022

  • The MA Senate stays firm in their decision to not approve HB 3977. Legalization is still on hold until lawmakers can fully agree on budgeting and college sports wagering in the Bay State.

Fall 2021

  • We expect the MA Senate to debate this bill sometime this fall. There’s a lot to hammer out, such as college betting legality. If the Senate passes it, Gov. Charlie Baker has expressed his support and would be expected to sign it.

June 2021

  • The Massachusetts House unanimously approves. The House votes and approves its sports betting bill HB 3977. [Bill H.3977, July 22]

April 2021

  • MA House Ways and Means committee excluded sports betting revenues from its upcoming fiscal year budget draft, which signals that the expectation is that legal wagering won’t begin in the next 18 months. [Stalled signaled]

February 2021

  • Five majors bills have been introduced by state legislators: Two in the Senate and three in the House. Those bills will now be hammered out in committees over the coming months.

January 2021 

November 2020

  • The Massachusetts Senate kills sports betting legalization efforts for 2020, as they failed to include a legalization provision in their 2021 budget. [Action MA Update, Nov. 20]

July 2020

  • The Massachusetts House passes a $459 million economic plan that includes the legalization of sports betting by a 156-3 vote. [MA House Approves, July 29]

 

Massachusetts Sports Betting Grading Card:

We'll evaluate Massachusetts' sports betting bills as details become available at some point in late 2022 or 2023. In this future evaluation, we'll specifically go over MA's overall grade relative to other sports betting markets, mobile apps, deposit options, competitive prices, and market coverage. 

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Massachusetts Highlights

HB 3977 was still not approved during January session between lawmakers.

HB 3977 is still not approved due to issues regarding budgeting and college sports wagering.

The Senate has not made any action towards passing HB 3977 while the MGC conducts an in-depth study on sports betting in other states.

As MA anxiously awaits the Senate's decision to pass HB 3977, the MGC tries to get ahead of a potential future launch date by conducting a study on states that have legalized sports betting.

The Massachusetts House passes a sports betting bill that allows wagering on collegiate team, esports, and fantasy.

After hitting the pause button on this bill because of COVID-19, MA's House overwhelmingly passed HB 3977 (156-3), which grants wagering for collegiate sports, Esports, and fantasy games. The Senate is next in line to approve this bill. 

Massachusetts Sports Betting Hopes Hit Another Pothole

Massachusetts’ House Ways and Means committee excluded sports betting revenues from its upcoming fiscal year budget draft, signaling lawmakers’ expectations that legal wagering won’t begin in the next 18 months.

Five Sports Betting Bills Introduced by Massachusetts Legislators

As reported by our own Ryan Butler, state legislators have already introduced five sports betting bills in the Bay State two by the state Senate and three by the state House. It's clearly a priority in 2021, and now these bills will be debated and hammered out in committees before moving to full chamber votes.

2020 Hopes For Massachusetts Sports Betting Likely Dead

Massachusetts sports betting is all but dead in 2020 after lawmakers failed to include a legalization provision in their 2021 budget. Despite months of negotiations and bipartisan support, lawmakers will seemingly have to start sports betting deliberations over again when a new session begins in 2021.

Massachusetts Teams

Massachusetts Teams to Bet On

Pro Sports Teams

The Bay State is expected to be one of the largest sports betting markets in North America and is home to 5 professional sports teams from the four main sports leagues.

Most of these teams have hoisted several league championship trophies within the last 100 years, which places MA as one of the most successful sports states in the U.S.

New England Patriots QB Mac Jones

NFL Logo NFL Betting Massachusetts

New England Patriots Logo New England Patriots

The New England Patriots need no introduction. The most successful team of this century is one of the most successful teams in NFL history, having won six Super Bowls since 2001, 11 conference championships and 22 division titles.

With Tom Brady taking his talents to Tampa ahead of the 2020 season, things went sour in Foxborough for the first time this century, as the Patriots went 7-9, finished in third place in the AFC East, and missed the playoffs. The Patriots' dynasty is over, but with Bill Belichick still in charge, expecting the downfall to be a long-term thing is likely not a smart bet. Belichick and the Patriots turned things around, however, finishing the 21-22 season with a 10-7 record before losing in the Wild Card Round to the Buffalo Bills.

Patriots Odds

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Boston Celtics logo Boston Celtics

Like their NFL counterparts, the Boston Celtics have a history of success, but while the Patriots' winning took place entirely this century, the Celtics' stretches back to 1957, when they won their first of 17 titles. The most recent one came in 2008. The current Celtics under Ime Udoka are perennial contenders with emerging superstar Jayson Tatum flanked by the likes of Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart. While there's more star power elsewhere around the league, the Celtics should continue to contend in the Eastern Conference playoffs for the foreseeable future.

Celtics Odds

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MLB logo MLB Betting in Massachusetts

Boston Red Sox logoBoston Red Sox

The most famous drought in sports history was snapped in 2004 when the Boston Red Sox came back from 3-0 against the rival New York Yankees in the ALCS and then swept the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. It was their first World Series title in 86 years. Boston went on to win three more titles over the next 14 years, as the Red Sox established themselves as heavyweights and one of the powerhouses of the 21st century. They've since fallen on hard times, as a deal that sent superstar Mookie Betts to the Dodgers signaled to fans that the Red Sox are in for a length rebuild.

Red Sox Odds

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NHL logo NHL Betting in Massachusetts

Boston Bruins logoBoston Bruins

The Boston Bruins have been regular contenders in the NHL for the better part of this century, but have just one Stanley Cup to show for it, a 2010-11 crown that was their first since 1972. The Bruins have won their division three times since then including a Presidents' Trophy in 2019-20, and in 2021 they have another strong contender.

Bruins Odds

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New England Revolution logo New England Revolution

The New England Revolution were founded in 1994 and are a longtime member of Major League Soccer. However, an MLS Cup continues to allude them. The Revs' first major trophy was the 2007 U.S. Open Cup, and they have made the MLB Cup finals five times — 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014 — but have yet to come away with a victory.

Soccer Odds

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College Sports Teams in MA

Pro sports are king in Massachusetts, but there is plenty of college action in the state, too.

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College Football Betting in Massachusetts

Boston College Eagles LogoBoston College Eagles Football

Boston College's last conference championship in football came in 2004, one year before leaving the Big East. Since joining the ACC the Eagles have yet to capture a conference title, but they won ACC Atlantic Division titles in 2005, 2007 and 2008. BC has had 12 consensus All-Americans and one Heisman Trophy winner, Doug Flutie in 1984.

Eagles Odds

Harvard Crimson logoHarvard Crimson Football

Even casual college football fans are likely familiar with "The Game," which is the name of Harvard's annual rivalry game with Yale. "The Game" dates back to 1875 and was once upon a time as fierce of a rivalry on the national scene as the Iron Bowl is today. Harvard has won 17 conference championships, with their most recent coming in 2015.

Crimson Odds

Holy Cross Crusaders logoHoly Cross Crusaders Football

The Holy Cross football team's crowning moment was an Orange Bowl appearance in 1946. Against the Miami Hurricanes, the Crusaders lost a 13-6 decision after the game was knotted at six late in regulation. Holy Cross has won two conference titles this century, with the most recent coming in 2019.

Crusaders Odds

UMass Minutemen logoUMass Minutemen Football

The UMass football team has fallen on hard times of late, going a combined 1-15 in the 2019-20 seasons. The Minutemen became full-time FBS members in 2012 and spent four years in the Mid-American Conference becoming a full-time independent school in 2016. Their last conference championship came in 2007 when a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.

Minutemen Odds

Merrimack Warriors logo Merrimack Warriors Football

The Merrimack football team has been around since 1996 and a member of Division I FCS since 2019, when it joined the Northeast Conference. In their first season in 2019, the Warriors went 6-5.

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College Basketball Betting in MA

Boston College Eagles Logo Boston College Eagles Men's Basketball

The men's basketball program has fallen on tough times of late, with their most recent NCAA Tournament appearance coming in 2009. The Eagles have never made a Final Four, but have three Elite Eight appearances, with the most recent coming in 1994.

Eagles Odds

Boston University Terriers logo Boston University Terriers Men's Basketball

The 2020 Patriot League Conference Tournament champions were robbed of their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2011 when it was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their last regular-season title came in 2014. The Terriers have made the NCAA Tournament twice this century and seven times in history. Their only tournament victories came in 1959 when they made the Elite Eight.

Terriers Odds

Harvard Crimson logo Harvard Crimson Men's Basketball

In 2012, the Harvard men's basketball team made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1946. That began a four-year stretch of tournament appearances that even included a pair of wins. As underdogs both times, the Crimson upset New Mexico in 2013, and Cincinnati in 2014. In 2018 and 2019, the Crimson made the NIT, and in 2019 scored a win over Georgetown. Harvard has won the Ivy League regular-season championship seven times since 2011.

Crimson Odds

Holy Cross Crusaders logo Holy Cross Crusaders Men's Basketball

The basketball program last made the NCAA Tournament in 2016, when it scored a First Four victory over Southern before losing to No. 1-seed Oregon in the Round of 64. The Crusaders have made the tournament 13 times, including five times this century, Other than the First Four win, their last win came in 1953 when they made the Elite Eight.

Crusaders Odds

UMass Minutemen logo UMass Minutemen Men's Basketball

Under John Calipari, the UMass men's basketball team climbed to the heights of the NCAA Tournament's Final Four in 1996 but vacated those victories because of sanctions based on admissions of gifts received by star player Marcus Camby. The Minutemen made seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 1992-98, but have made only one since — in 2014.

Minutemen Odds

Merrimack Warriors logo Merrimack Warriors Men's Basketball

In their first season as a Division I team, the Warriors' men's basketball team went 20-11, including 14-4 in Northeast Conference player. Because of NCAA's policy on reclassifying programs, the Warriors will not be eligible to compete in the NCAA Tournament or the NIT until the 2023-24 season.

Northeastern Huskies logo Northeastern Huskies Men's Basketball

The Huskies men's basketball team has been in the CAA since 2005, having previously played in the American East Conference. In 2015, Northeastern made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1991, losing to Notre Dame in the first round. The Huskies made it again in 2019 when they lost to Kansas in the first round. Their last NCAA Tournament victory came in 1984. They've won the CAA regular-season title three times: 2013, 2015 and 2018.

Northeastern Huskies Odds

UMass Lowell River Hawks logo UMass Lowell River Hawks Men's Basketball

The River Hawks' men's basketball team has been a member of the American East Conference since it began transitioning to the Division I level in 2013. The River Hawks were first eligible for postseason play in 2017-18. The River Hawks won the Division II national championship in 1988.

Hawks Odds

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Other Events

Boston Marathon

One of the most famous races in the world, the Boston Marathon, takes place in Massachusetts every year in April. It was started in 1897 and is considered one of six "World Marathon Majors."

The Northern Trust

The Northern Trust, an annual PGA Tour event, rotates between Massachusetts and the New York/New Jersey region. When in Mass., it takes place at TPC Boston, which hosted the event in 2020. The Northern Trust's partnership with the PGA concluded after the 2021 event, meaning that the event will no longer take place in Boston. 

Minor League Sports Teams

Massachusetts is home to a variety of men's and women's minor league sports teams, including lacrosse (Boston Cannons), hockey (Boston Pride), baseball (Lowell Spinners) and many more.

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Sam is a sports betting reporter for The Action Network, covering the latest legal and industry news, among other things. A two-time Society of Business Editors and Writers award winner, Sam is based out of Washington DC. His interests are limited to the New York Knicks, combing through government regulations and his rescue-pup, Bowie.

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Commonly asked questions about sports betting in The Bay State.
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