The Commonwealth of Massachusetts remains “on target” to launch legal online MA sports betting on March 10.
Massachusetts Gaming Commission executive director Karen Wells met no objections Wednesday for her recommended 10 a.m. EST start time for online MA sports betting.
The MGC will look to issue certificates of operation for online sportsbook operators prepared to go live on March 10, four days before the start of the March Madness.
No issues with MA sports betting
MGC director of sports wagering Bruce Band said everything is going well so far.
“All the mobile companies that are moving forward, everybody seems on target for March 10. Hopefully things keep going smoothly,” Band said.
Band added they are not seeing any issues regarding testing and review of internal controls.
MA sports betting online launch
There are seven operators slated to go live on March 10:
Other operators to launch soon after
Two operators will join the MA market in May:
- Bally Bet
Betway, which submitted its temporary licensing request and $1 million fee, will go live in Massachusetts during Q1 of 2024.
Attorney General to address promos
The MGC also finalized several sports betting regulations.
During its agenda-setting meeting, the commission stated that the state Attorney General’s office was slated to address sports betting promotions. The proposed date for that is March 8, pending finalization of schedules.
New York Attorney General Letitia James last year urged customers to be vigilant around avoiding deceptive advertising from sports betting companies prior to the Super Bowl.
MA college violations
On March 14, Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park Casino will have their hearing regarding their college sports wagering violations. MGM Springfield will have its own adjudicatory hearing shortly after that.
The Investigations and Enforcement Bureau will be submitting a preliminary report regarding a second Encore violation that will be ready for March 9.