What’s The Latest On Massachusetts Sports Betting?

Written By Eli Hershkovich on August 22, 2022
Massachusetts Sports Betting

Just over two weeks ago, the Massachusetts sports betting bill was passed, giving way for legal wagering to eventually arrive in The Codfish State. Just how soon will that occur and what’s an innovative concept that could arrive with it? More details are below.

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Massachusetts Sports Betting Timeline Update

According to industry experts, such as our teammates at Legal Sports Report, sports betting on the mobile front could begin in roughly six months⁠, with retail shops opening their doors a bit earlier. ⁠That projection would put Super Bowl 57 betting odds well within reach — similar to Maryland sports betting — in theory.

Keep in mind, in-state residents will be able to bet college sports once legal sports betting kicks off in Massachusetts. That notion was put into place after the Massachusetts Senate initially denied it in its form of the bill.

Nevertheless, local programs, such as Boston College and UMass, are off the table. This law isn’t abnormal on a state-by-state basis, considering New York sports betting implements the same set of rules.

Moreover, Massachusetts sports betting promo opportunities were a recent discussion point. For starters, regulators support free bets and promo play deductions, citing that they could aid their efforts to capture customers from illegal sportsbooks. But this approach would translate into less tax revenue for the state in the early goings — given the theory that users wouldn’t deposit as often.

Innovative Idea Within Massachusetts Sports Betting

As of this writing, no state with legal sports betting showcases a drive-up, retail sportsbook. However, Massachusetts is looking to change that.

Encore Boston Harbor is contemplating a plan to display sports betting kiosks in the property’s parking garage, as WynnBET officials told regulators on Thursday. That would be the first of its kind — nationwide.

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Eli Hershkovich is a lead sports betting writer with TheLines and Catena Media, formerly with Audacy and The Action Network. His goal is to provide you with data and information to lead you to winning bets. Eli is an avid college basketball gambler — among many other sports — and still hasn't forgiven Virginia for ruining his 2018-2019 Texas Tech futures.

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