- Governor Charlie Baker continues to advocate for sports betting regulations in Massachusetts.
- The Governor believes that the Bay State is losing millions of dollars in revenue with the NFL season to neighboring states who have sportsbooks.
- The Massachusetts Legislature is in session until December 31.
BOSTON – With the 2021-2022 NFL season underway, Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts is pushing for regulated sports betting now more than ever. The wagers that are being placed on the New England Patriots alone are happening by the truckload by residents but anyone living in Massachusetts cannot use a local sportsbook to place those bets, which leads it to be all money lost for the Bay State.
It’s Time For Massachusetts Sports Betting
Regulated sports betting in Massachusetts has been something that Governor Charlie Baker has wanted since 2019. In a post-COVID-19 environment, the funding that sports gaming could bring with its revenue could be an immense help to the economy and its constituents.
NFL betting is the biggest time of year for sportsbooks to make money and Massachusetts is once again missing out. So many football fans are going outside of the Commonwealth to place their wagers on the NFL. The Governor himself has proposed a bill to make sports betting a regulated industry in Massachusetts.
Bill H.70 would make both retail and mobile sportsbooks available in Massachusetts. This measure is sponsored by the Governor and last saw movement within the Massachusetts Legislature in July. It still has a number of hearings ahead in order to be approved as law. None of those hearings have been scheduled on the docket yet but Baker is still speaking out about the market.
He tweeted on Sunday :
“We filed a bill in 2019 and again this year to legalize sports betting in MA – it’s time to act and get this done. MA is losing out to many of our neighbors on this one.”
What’s Ahead For Massachusetts?
Massachusetts sports betting is a hot topic of conversation, as it always is, but since 2019 nothing has come of it. There are quite a few bills open in the Massachusetts Legislature on the subject but none have made enough traction yet. The legislature is in session for the remainder of the year but waiting to make any moves on this particular industry will just have another NFL season come and gone and with it, millions of dollars in revenue lost for the Bay State.
Christina has been writing for as long as she can remember and does dedicated research on the newly regulated sports betting market. She comes from a family of sports lovers that engage in friendly bets from time to time. During the winter months, you can find Christina baking cookies and beating the entire staff at Mario Kart…the N64 version of course.