Massachusetts is trying to join other states in legalizing sports betting, and 2020 is the goal once legislative bills are passed. Since the Supreme Court decision on May 14, 2018 that struck down the federal ban on sports betting (PASPA), states can now legalize sports betting with legislative approval.
Once sports betting bills are passed and approved, people in Massachusetts age 21 and over could bet on sports. That includes their beloved Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins in pro sports. However, college football and basketball may be prohibited initially. Other types of sports like golf, tennis, boxing, NASCAR and UCF would be allowed.
Legislation updates on sports betting in Massachusetts
A bill was filed in January, 2019 that would allow sports wagering in lounges at the three licensed casino operators in the commonwealth – Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park Racino. Bettors would also be permitted to place sports wagers from their phones and laptops through the bill titled “An Act To Establish Sports Wagering in the Commonwealth.”
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission would be the oversight committee for sports betting.
Other bills filed in 2019 include recommendations to allow interactive sports betting operators to open online sportsbooks, and a bill to place a special commission on sports gaming.