DraftKings Request Denied By Massachusetts Gaming Commission

Written By Giovanni Shorter on October 28, 2022
Massachusetts Sports Betting

Despite efforts by DraftKings to change the sports betting timeline, Massachusetts ended its meeting without altering the plans. DraftKings was the only entity to formally oppose the staggered launching of retail and online sportsbooks. The window for Massachusetts sports betting launch is still February for retail and March for online sportsbooks.

DraftKings Fails To Change Timeline

In their formal request, DraftKings stated that they worry about unfair advantages granted to retail operators. The claim stated there would be artificial limitations to consumer choice which would ultimately stunt the market.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) did not see it this way, opting to maintain the timeline. Earlier, other sportsbooks approved the launch timeline. Operators do not mind a staggard launch so long as online sportsbooks all launch on the same date. There was little motivation to alter the timeline agreed upon by all other sportsbooks simply to honor DraftKings.

This was expected as the gaming commission looks to the launch of sportsbooks in Massachusetts. The bulk of the meeting was spent covering the details of the market. There still remains the issue of dwindling down the market to just 15 operators.

Operator Limit Issue Persists

Currently, 23 operators are looking to launch in the Old Line State. Among these hopeful applicants include BetMGM, Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, and FanDuel, some of the biggest sportsbooks in the nation. There are 15 operator licenses available.

This number decreases when accounting for local casinos hosting two skins each. There are three state casinos, so six sportsbook licenses will only be available through these deals. Additionally, the two racinos can host one skin. That is two more licenses only obtainable under these methods.

The remaining seven licenses are untethered licenses. Sportsbooks are looking to compete for these as they exist without partnership requirements. The limited licenses on offer will see the MGC working tirelessly to award sportsbooks in a timely fashion.

The MGC will not meet again until November 22. During this time, lawmakers will continue to discuss the sports betting applicants. This could likely be the meeting when applications are awarded. The Massachusetts market is progressing at pace.

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Giovanni Shorter is a sports enthusiast and writer with a passion for the legal and industry side of the sports betting market. Giovanni got his education from Florida State University where he honed his writing style writing narratives and short stories. He has spent his professional career covering sports and entertainment through articles and blogs and continues to look at the industry from multiple angles.

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