Despite support from the Massachusetts House, Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, Bruins, New England Revolution, and likely support from Governor Charlie Baker, legalized sports betting failed to pass the Senate in November. But it is certain that the spark could ignite this year.
State Senator Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, proposed a budget change for fiscal year 2021 that would have legalized retail and online betting. However, the move was rejected in November without a roll-call vote. Senate President Karen Spilka, an Ashland Democrat, said at the time, “The focus will be on conference committees, budget decision-making and COVID. We’ll see, however, ”said LegalSportsReport.com.
Now is the time to see.
There are ample supporters of this large untapped source of income that could be approved this year. With the state budget facing tough sledding due to the pandemic, this could be the year the Bay State, along with neighbors Rhode Island and New Hampshire, offers the chance to bet on sporting events. Even now, any Massachusetts adult with the right app can play sports on their phone as soon as they cross the Rhode Island or New Hampshire border. It is just not legal to place these bets within our limits.
So what is the robbery? Senator Brendan Crighton, a Lynn Democrat who is about to table a proposal to legalize sports betting this term, points to illegal gambling and the state’s lack of a “real chance” in regulating the process of legal ones Profit sports betting.
“Sports betting is alive and well in Massachusetts, but unfortunately we are pouring money into the black market and legalized states,” he told the State House News Service. “I think we have a real opportunity here to generate income at a time when we are faced with great uncertainty.”
Senator Eric Lesser, a Democrat from Longmeadow, plans to file his own bill soon and tell the intelligence community that “the time has come” for the state to legalize sports betting.
Crighton’s latest bill aims to raise the bar for entry into the legal sports betting market if lawmakers go along with its proposal. Crighton is proposing a royalty of $ 10 million – up from $ 1 million in its original bill – and a 15% tax rate on bets. His bill would allow betting on professional and college sports, but not college teams from universities within the state.
Crighton told the news service that he wanted to include college team betting in the law to discourage players from illegal gambling options, adding, “If we want people to leave their illegal market and enter a regulated market, we need that attraction kept available for you. “
There is no way of knowing how much legalized sports betting would reduce illegal gambling. The legalization of recreational marijuana allowed the growth of a highly regulated, highly taxed corporate sector, but there will always be a black market as long as sellers can undercut legal retailers.
With the growing consensus that a gambling law could be passed this year, lawmakers must keep in mind that they are not alone with this idea. Various reports have said that the Indian tribes and the Connecticut government are positive about legalization there. Maine almost legalized gambling last year before the governor vetoed the bill. and Vermont lawmakers are considering a study to find out what sports betting could mean for their state.
Legalized gambling should be approved in Massachusetts with strict controls that the state has developed for retail cannabis sales. The state now has another chance to generate new revenue, this time through an already regulated industry that includes two casinos and the Plainridge Racecourse in Plainville.
This is the year that state lawmakers place their bets and support legalized sports betting in Massachusetts. We shouldn’t leave money on the table.