Legalization of sports betting in Massachusetts seems as good as dead this year, but 2021 could be a different story.
Unless sports betting is sneaking back into this year’s economic development bill, that should be part of the budget that is being worked on early next year. Senator Michael Brady said LSR. He didn’t want to count his chickens before they hatch, but noted that he is cautiously optimistic about betting on sports betting until next year.
“I’m a strong believer in this, a lot of the people I speak to support it,” said Brady. “I think we have to keep going whether it happens this year or next.”
Sports betting in Massachusetts are already behind the ball New England as residents have other legal options. Those in the northern part of the state can head out New Hampshire bet with DraftKings Sports Betting. Others south of Bostonwhere Brady’s district is, can go Rhode Island.
House supported sports betting in Massachusetts
It looked like there was a significant life in the world for sports betting Bay State too late July. At that point the House passed its version of the Sports Betting Economic Development Act, which was approved by a 156-3 Poll.
Authorized the invoice seven Online sports betting licenses, taxed income 15% and calculated $ 250,000 for a five year license.
However, the Senate disagreed with its inclusion and soon scrapped several of its own changes to sports betting. Negotiations ended H 4887 have since left the bill on the conference committee.
Brady: Massachusetts needs revenue
Brady’s district, like many others in the United States, was badly hit by the United States Coronavirus Pandemic. While he is a proponent of sports betting, what he is most concerned about is getting more tax dollars to help his constituents.
“It’s not going to be the almighty $ 5 billion deficit savior that we’re facing … but it’s so important,” Brady said.
Many of his constituents under 50, particularly those from the Brockton area, are already participating in sports betting in Rhode Island, he added.
AGA is pushing college sports betting in Massachusetts
The American Gaming Association recently reached out to Massachusetts lawmakers to encourage the inclusion of college sports betting should sports betting be passed.
His letter followed one of the presidents and sports directors of eight Massachusetts schools requesting a state ban on college wagering.
The AGA’s answer, written by Senior VP for Government Relations Christopher CylkeThe best way to protect college athletes is through a regulated sports betting industry that includes college betting:
“Allowing legal, regulated betting on college events strengthens the integrity of games and protects the weather, competitions and the athletes who compete in them by enabling robust, transparent and collaborative oversight by regulatory and law enforcement agencies. It is only in a legal, regulated market that regulators and law enforcement agencies have insight into betting patterns and activity, which they can use to identify trends, which in turn help detect unlawful tampering with games and athletes.
Brady has some concerns about college sports betting but hasn’t ruled out anything.
“Of course, everything is open to discussion, but that’s a small concern I’ve heard from constituents about college sports betting,” Brady said. “But I think either way we have to go forward and get this rolling. We urgently need income. “