More Than Two Dozen Operators File To Be Massachusetts Sportsbooks

Written By Giovanni Shorter on October 20, 2022
Massachusetts Sports Betting

29 businesses have reportedly filled out an initial form in order to become Massachusetts sportsbooks. Of the businesses, sports betting juggernauts such as Caesars Sportsbook, DraftKings, and FanDuel are among those vying for market access.

Massachusetts sports betting is projected to be live with retail in January 2022 with online coming by March 2022.

Operators Prepare For Massachusetts Market

Only 15 operators will gain a license to become a Massachusetts sportsbook. While the major figures in the industry are likely to claim licenses, several smaller businesses are seeking approval as well. Reports show several smaller operators like Betr, founded by YouTuber turned boxer Jake Paul, is also looking to launch.

Confirmed Massachusetts Sportsbooks Applying For Market Access

Bally Bet
Caesars Sportsbook
Mohegan Digital
Penn Sports Interactive (Barstool)
Underdog Sports Wagering

There are six others that applied, but we have not confirmed them yet.

Of the 15 sportsbooks that will be approved, eight of these must be attached to local casinos and racetracks. Barstool Sportsbook, BetMGM, and WynnBet already have partnerships with local operators. The remaining 12 spots will see seven untethered operators and five operators that need to partner with local businesses.

Massachusetts Market Progressing

This announcement is another example of how quickly Massachusetts has begun moving towards a launch. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) recently set a launch window for its sportsbooks and has been progressing towards that goal.

The MGC plans to work with Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) to ensure all operators run efficiently. There is also a plan to launch mobile sportsbooks in Massachusetts simultaneously. This was agreed upon by most sportsbooks vying for a launch.

The operators agreed that retail can launch ahead of online. However, no mobile sportsbook should be able to gain an advantage ahead of everyone else by launching sooner. This is in contrast to a market such as Maryland which is doing a staggered launch with rolling application approvals.

Residents of the Bay State are months away from seeing the full sports betting market active and available. However, the MGC is working constantly to bring the market to its residents as quickly as possible.

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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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