Massachusetts Will Be Surrounded By States With Sportsbooks

  • MA will soon be the only state in its area without legal sports betting options.
  • Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker believes it’s time to legalize wagering on sporting events in 2021.
  • Connecticut will launch its own sports betting industry any day now after a deal was recently struck.

BOSTON – Massachusetts lawmakers are still unable to find common ground and pass legislation to legalize sports betting, despite surrounding states launching their own sportsbooks.

Massachusetts Stands Alone

Massachusetts has seen over 23 bills attempting to legalize sports betting in the state but none of which have passed yet. When Connecticut launches its own sportsbooks, MA will be totally surrounded by states who offer legal sports betting.

“We filed a bill in 2019 and again this year to legalize sports betting in MA – it’s time to act and get this done. MA is losing out to many of our neighbors on this one,” said Charlie Baker, Governor of Massachusetts on his Twitter account.

Governor Baker has been working tirelessly to regulate sports betting, and he remains optimistic about getting sportsbooks in Massachusetts.

Connecticut Nearing Finish Line To See Sports Wagering

Connecticut is the only state bordering Massachusetts that hasn’t already launched its own state-sponsored sportsbooks but that will change shortly.

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“Thanks to our partnership with the Mohegan Tribe, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, and the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, our state will have a competitive, and nation-leading model for wagering both in-person and online,” said Ned Lamont, Governor of Connecticut, in a press release.

It’s only a matter of time before residents can begin utilizing local sportsbooks in Connecticut.

After this new model is fully launched, Connecticut residents can look forward to both in-person and online sportsbook options. It remains to be seen how long Massachusetts lawmakers will continue deliberating before they regulate the pastime in their state, although they have until December to decide.