Massachusetts lawmakers: slow and steady on sports betting

Massachusetts lawmakers: slow and steady on sports betting

May 24, 2018 10:13 AM


Don’t expect to be able to place a sports wager in Massachusetts any time soon.

Though the state’s gaming commission released results of a white paper earlier this year to study sports betting in the Bay State, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo on Wednesday quashed the notion that the state is in a hurry to legalize Massachusetts sports betting, according to a report from the State House News Service.

“I think that there are so many questions that have to be answered and I think that right now for us to be able to expect to do this within the last two months of session …” DeLeo said. “I’m not saying we’re not going to talk about it, we’re going continue to try to come to some type of an answer yes or no, but what I’m saying is I think it would be very, very difficult.”

The Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) on May 14, opening the door for states to legalize sports wagering if they so desire. Many do. Several states across the country and particularly in the Northeast have been scrambling to push forward legislation or implement what they had already put into place.

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