By Bob Katzen

Governor Baker announced plans to file legislation that would allow people over 21 in Massachusetts to wager on professional sports. The proposal would authorize the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to issue sport wagering licenses to the state’s casinos including MGM-Springfield, Encore-Everett and Plainridge. The three casinos would also be allowed to provide sports wagering online or contract with an entity to provide the service.

“Over the last seven years, the Massachusetts gaming industry has grown into an economic driver for thousands of jobs associated with construction, hospitality and tourism,” said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito. “The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has developed a comprehensive set of regulations and passing this bill into law will allow the proper oversight of the industry’s next chapter in addition to providing critical support to the commonwealth’s cities and towns.”

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