Tennessee is set to become a sports betting state in a matter of days. Both houses passed a bill in May that would allow the Volunteer State to offer sports betting to citizens and visitors.
What still needs to happen?
The bill remained on Gov. Bill Lee’s desk as of May 13, awaiting his signature. Representatives from his office have indicated that he is not planning on signing it. However, the same sources also indicated that he intends to allow the bill to become law without his signature.
Projected TN sports betting launch date
The new law specifies that each county must hold a special election in order to allow sports betting to proceed inside its borders. Conducting those elections will take some time.
Additionally, operators will need to receive their licenses and build their infrastructures before they can begin accepting wagers. Based on the timeframes from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, sportsbook operators can usually go from license application to launch in about 3 months.
Since college football starts on Aug. 24 and the NFL season begins on Sept. 5, it is probably a good guess that the first Tennessee sports bets will be accepted by Sept. 1.