NC Opens Email Registration For Potential Sportsbook Operators
Advancements continue toward the launch of North Carolina retail and online sports betting. Potential providers who aim to launch mobile sports betting apps in North Carolina have opened email registration. The North Carolina Lottery has opened email registration for providers and suppliers ahead of the incoming launch. Those who plan to operate in North Carolina can access the email portal service prover on the NC Education Lottery website.
North Carolina Inches Toward Launch
This recent development follows the NC Lottery posting a job listing for a Director of Licensing. The posting calls for someone to work on the regulatory and licensing process for incoming North Carolina sports betting apps.
In addition to the email registration, these recent developments show that North Carolina is inching toward going live. The earliest the market can launch is Jan. 8, 2024. It is unlikely that sports betting will be live in the Tar Heel State on this date, though.
These developments show that the market remains in its earliest form, with no set regulations or confirmed operators at this time. A potential Super Bowl target could remain the goal. But more realistically, locals should expect sportsbooks to go live in time for NCAA March Madness odds.
Progress Made So Far
So far, North Carolina has hired former Massachusetts Gaming Commission Sports Betting Manager Sterl Carpender. He now heads the North Carlina Sports Betting Division for the NC Lottery. NC also partners with Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) to oversee its sports betting infrastructure.
These moves have shown the incremental progress made in North Carolina as the market gets closer to going live.
What The North Carolina Sports Betting Market Will Look Like
HB 347, the sports betting bill, grants up to 12 online sportsbook licenses. Potential operators will vie for these licenses. The email registration process is open, and once operators begin registering, fans will get a clearer picture of who could potentially go live.
North Carolina will also host retail sportsbooks at local stadiums. This will bring even more betting options for locals. Operations will go live at the PNC Arena, Spectrum Center and Charlotte Motor Speedway. North Carolina will join the likes of Arizona and Ohio with in-stadium sportsbooks.