Ideas for a $25 million horse track and sports activities betting heart are currently being created in central Massachusetts ahead of possible legalization of sportsbooks this tumble.
The Sturbridge Agricultural and Equestrian Middle would give in-human being and on the web Massachusetts sporting activities betting alongside with are living horse racing, eating, walking trails and more. Any sporting activities betting programs are contingent on the legalization of sports activities wagering by the commonwealth, with condition lawmakers envisioned to continue debating sports betting legislation this month.
It’s an interesting growth in a state that has bandied about the concept of authorized online and in-person sports betting since a 2018 Supreme Court choice remaining legalization up to individual states and other jurisdictions.
Why a Horse Observe?
Sports activities betting at the proposed monitor has the assist of two horse racing organizations in Massachusetts, according to a report yesterday in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Some condition lawmakers are backing the idea of sportsbooks at tracks, far too.
Horse racetracks and horse or greyhound racing simulcast facilities could use for a license to provide in-human being sporting activities betting underneath a monthly bill now pending in the condition Senate. Tracks with in-person sportsbooks would also be permitted to have just one individually-branded cellular app, which would be certified separately.
That could be a boon for dwell racing in a state where horse tracks have taken some current hits, such as the conclusion of dwell racing in 2019 at historic Suffolk Downs in East Boston — now a simulcast facility. The only reside horse racing in the state currently is harness racing at Plainridge Park, dwelling to one particular of the state’s 3 casinos.
Casinos would slide below a separate classification of proposed sports betting license, with just about every license superior for in-man or woman athletics betting and up to a few separately-branded applications that would be accredited independently.
Cellular applications not tied to any track or casinos could also be licensed to operate beneath the bill.
What’s Subsequent for Massachusetts Athletics Betting?
Laws that would deliver sports activities betting to Massachusetts is now pending in the state Senate Approaches and Indicates Committee, which could get up the invoice at any time.
Massachusetts has a lot less than 4 months to get a regulatory bill through to Gov. Charlie Baker if it desires to have authorized sportsbooks in time for the 2022 Tremendous Bowl. Although the present legislative session doesn’t stop right up until Jan. 4, 2022, the past scheduled day for official action is Nov. 17.