Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont is setting the stage for online gambling in the state. The Governor has introduced legislation that would allow him to amend the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribal compacts so they could include “sports betting, esports, daily fantasy sports, online casino gaming and online keno,” according to a tweet from Daniel Wallach.
NEW: Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont introduces proposed legislation to grant him authority to amend the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribal compacts and MOUs to include sports betting, esports, daily fantasy sports, online casino gaming and online keno, subject to federal approval. pic.twitter.com/nuM8OsqzRl
— Daniel Wallach (@WALLACHLEGAL) February 11, 2021
Should the legislation pass, Governor Lamont’s new authority to change the tribal compacts would require federal approval.
Connecticut Sports Betting On The Way
The Constitution State is making its way toward a sports betting launch. Governor Lamont’s proposed legislation is the latest in a string of developments that will pave the way for Connecticut sports betting.
One such development is DraftKings’ deal with the Mashantucket Pequot Nation and Foxwoods Resort and Casino. The partnership ensures DraftKings is ready to offer online sports betting and casino gaming as soon as Connecticut opens the floodgates.
At the time of the deal, Matt Kalish, co-founder and President of DraftKings North America, said: “This is a landmark deal in collaboration with the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation as well as a critical next step to bringing America’s top-rated sportsbook app to sports fans in Connecticut. The national expansion of regulated sports betting is among our top strategic priorities. DraftKings today is live with mobile sports betting in 10 states, more than any other operator in the U.S., and teaming up with the tribe will allow us to extend our reach even further.”
In Good Company
When it comes to sports betting, Connecticut has some rather impressive neighbors. Massachusetts to the north is in a similar situation. Legislation is in motion in Massachusetts, but the state has yet to fully authorize online gaming.
Nearby New York is caught in a legislative deadlock. Governor Andrew Cuomo wants a lottery-based sports betting model while state lawmakers want a more competitive casino-based sports betting model.
And New Jersey is the gold standard market against which all other states must measure themselves. Connecticut and its neighbors could look to NJ for guidance as they adopt their own online gambling legislation.