State Gaming Commission to Meet Thursday to Discuss Sports Betting

 by Patrick SargentAugust 2, 2022

MASS. - The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will meet on Thursday to review the sports wagering bill that was passed by the legislature on July 31.

The meeting will take place virtually at 9 AM.

The sports betting bill will allow betting on both professional and college sports, but excludes betting on Massachusetts colleges, unless the schools are playing in a nationwide tournament like the NCAA college basketball tournament.

The sports betting bill will now go to Gov. Charlie Baker. If Gov. Baker signs the bill into law, Massachusetts will be the 31st state in the U.S. to legalize sports betting. Baker has said many times he would sign the bill if the legislature and senate could agree on a deal.

The Gaming Commission is the designated regulator of the possible sports wagering industry in Massachusetts. The Commission said staff have already been preparing should the legislation be signed into law by Baker.

During Thursday's meeting, the Commission will adopt a revised organizational chart and vote on a Chief of Sports Wagering position, review a draft licensing application, and provide an overview of the regulatory process and timeline for the possible implementation of sports betting in the state.

Thursday's meeting can be seen here.

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