Massachusetts Sports Betting Gets New Life Through Jobs Package

Posted on July 24, 2020

A late economic development package submitted in Massachusetts could lead to another state legalizing sports betting in 2020.

H 4879 from the House Committee on Ways and Means would legalize a number of things in the state, including online and retail MA sports betting.

The bill should pass the House but will face more scrutiny in the Senate, sources told the Springfield Republican. The session ends next Friday.

Massachusetts would become the third state to legalize sports betting in 2020. Washington was first, followed by Virginia.

Massachusetts sports betting details

Sportsbooks in Massachusetts won’t be as limited as the state’s gaming landscape looks currently.

The bill would authorize Massachusetts’ three casinos, racetracks, and daily fantasy sports operators to offer sports betting. The DFS operators must have operated in Massachusetts for at least a year before the bill is passed and be approved to offer sports wagering in at least two other US jurisdictions.

That caveat means FanDuel Sportsbook and Boston-based DraftKings Sportsbook would both qualify for an untethered license. Massachusetts would join Illinois, Tennessee and Virginia with the only states to legalize untethered operators.

Officially an issue in the bill

Companies will pay $250,000 to apply for a five-year license with a $100,000 renewal fee. Adjusted revenue, which excludes federal excise fees and promos, will be taxed at 15%Official league data is required for all in-play betting on US sports.

Another tax would give in-state arenas and stadiums 1% of all betting revenue from events at those venues. The venues can only use the funds for “sports wagering security and integrity.”

The bill only bans prop bets on college sports. Betting on esports would be legal.

Barstool Sportsbook, BetMGM likely participants?

Along with DraftKings and FanDuel, Barstool Sportsbook and BetMGM would likely launch sportsbooks should the bill pass.

Penn National and MGM Resorts operate two of the casinos in the state. Wynn Resorts operates the third.

Wynn has been silent on its sports betting plans. It currently has a sports betting agreement to operate online sportsbooks in Colorado and Indiana through BetBull‘s software and Full House Resorts‘ licenses.

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Matthew Waters is a reporter covering legal sports betting and the gambling industry. Previous stops include Fantini Research and various freelance jobs covering professional and amateur sports in Delaware and the Philadelphia area.

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