LEGALIZE SPORTS BETTING

By Bob Katzen

Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill that legalizes sports betting on professional and college sports for Massachusetts residents over 21 years old at the state’s casinos, slots parlors, simulcast centers and through mobile platforms. Betting on Massachusetts colleges and universities would not be allowed unless the school is playing in a tournament like March Madness. The betting would be regulated by the Gaming Commission, the same commission that regulates the state’s casino gambling.

“Our administration first filed legislation to legalize sports wagering in the commonwealth several years ago, and I am glad to be able to sign this bill into law today,” Gov. Baker said. “We appreciate the dedication and compromise that the Legislature demonstrated on this issue, and we look forward to supporting the work of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on the responsible implementation of the law over the next several months.”

“After a four-year process, sports betting is now legal in Massachusetts,” said sponsor Sen. Eric Lesser (D-Longmeadow). “This new law will give residents new ways to engage with sports, generate new jobs and investment and includes some of the strongest consumer and player safeguards in the country. I’m confident this law will be a model for other states, and I look forward to seeing its full implementation in the months ahead.”

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