North Carolina sports betting apps will not launch in time for the Super Bowl on Feb. 11.
Even though bettors there weren’t going to be tapping wagers on the woeful Panthers into their mobile devices or computers anyway, the culmination of the NFL season is yearly the most lucrative day for sportsbooks and state taxing authorities. The American Gaming Association estimated that $16 billion was bet on the last Super Bowl.
That mobile and retail wagering won’t be available in North Carolina for the Super Bowl is no surprise. The slow pace of rule-making had made it apparent that the state would not attain the early side of its legal launch window on Jan. 8 and would likely be closer to summer. The North Carolina Lottery Commission had previously made that announcement.
It moved the goalposts on the Super Bowl at the end of a regular meeting on Wednesday.
Said commission chair Ripley Rand on Wednesday, according to WRAL: “We hope to be able to announce a date in the near future.”
What the NC Lottery Commission Accomplished
Here’s the progress made by the North Carolina sports betting commission on Nov. 29:
- Approved application forms for future operators.
- Set a first application deadline of Dec. 27.
- Planned to make applications available this week.
The commission will have at least 60 and up to 90 days to vet these applicants. Market access to North Carolina sports betting will be gained through partnering with a professional sports property. So far, the Charlotte Hornets NBA team is the only one to announce a partner, with bet365 North Carolina.