Senators in Massachusetts seem steadfast in hindering legal sports betting in the state. 269 passed to the Senate Chambers after the House of Representatives passed the law almost unanimously in July.
However, recent political developments have pushed the Senate to put the brakes on MA sports betting.
One voice for research
The sudden abandonment of the bill has now led the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to take matters into their own hands. The commission commissioned a study to examine the benefits and effects of domestic betting in the state and beyond.
Mark Vander Linden, director of research and responsible gaming at the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, proposed the study as a solution to the Senate uncertainty.
The sports betting study was approved by the commission on Thursday. For the project, the Commission enlisted the support of the research team “Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts” (SEIGMA).
Teamwork makes the dream work
It is expected that SEIGMA’s research will draw heavily on the successes and failures of other legal sports betting states. Vander Linden explained the plan as such:
“An analysis in this area would be done to take a look, obviously using [a previous National Council on Problem Gambling] Study by looking at other data that might exist in other states on how legalization was introduced in those states, and that combination would allow us to better understand the likely impact of sports betting legalization in Massachusetts, if so should be legalized and what would be a kind of signpost for measures to reduce this damage. “
Mark Vander Linden, MA Gaming Commission Director of Research and Responsible Gaming
The Commission hopes that SEIGMA’s results will be available for submission by or before June 30, 2022.
While the start of this study is essentially the final nail in the coffin for the delivery of S.269 this year, it points to a brighter future for Massachusetts. It will still be possible to approve the Sports Betting Act next year.
With the findings of SEIGMA as additional support, the draft law should be passed in the Senate without any problems. Three dozen states have now introduced some form of legal sports betting, and so far there have been little to no problems.
It is still unclear which analysis options the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will choose. More information about the study should come to light in the next few months.
How to bet in Massachusetts
Those in Massachusetts who still want to bet on sports can do so without crossing state lines. Offshore betting sites have been in business for decades, providing secure betting platforms when US operators couldn’t.
Senior offshore locations remain the most respected and experienced options in the industry. In addition, they are 100% legal and available to players in the US.
Massachusetts won’t be seeing any sports betting profits until 2022, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait too!
Source: 7 news boston