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Sports betting operators that want to launch in Massachusetts have 10 days from today to get their initial required paperwork to the commonwealth. 

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) voted yesterday to require potential mobile and retail sports betting licensees to turn in a “scoping survey” form by Oct. 17. The survey will help regulators assess the organizational structure and ownership of potential licensees.

That form was released today by the MGC and is required as part of the Massachusetts sports betting application process. 

“This survey seeks specific company information and will provide the MGC with valuable information ahead of full applications being due,” the MGC said in a press release Friday. 

A draft application for both retail and mobile operators was approved by the MGC on Thursday and posted for public comment through Oct. 17. 

The applications will be tentatively due in late November, MGC staff said today.

Retail Launch in Late January; Mobile Launch Pushed To March

The tentative November application deadline allows the MGC to proceed with its plans to launch retail sports betting in late January. That would have Massachusetts sports betting live at least two weeks before the Super Bowl 2023 kickoff on Feb. 12.

Retail sports betting is allowed at three casinos and two simulcast facilities under Massachusetts state law. 

The MGC decided today to pursue a later launch deadline for mobile sports betting.  That launch date will be in early March, allowing mobile sports betting to go live by March Madness 2023

An early March launch date is two weeks later than the late February mobile launch date proposed by MGC staff in a meeting yesterday. 

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Rebecca Hanchett

Rebecca Hanchett

Legislative Writer
Based in Kentucky's Bluegrass region, Rebecca Hanchett is a political writer who covers legislative developments at Gaming Today. She worked as a public affairs specialist for 23 years at the Kentucky State Capitol. A University of Kentucky grad, Hanchett has been known to watch UK. basketball from time to time.

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