MA Athletics Betting Bill Developments To Home Price range Committee

A Massachusetts state legislative committee these days substituted 12 sporting activities betting expenses with 1 proposal that could be the commonwealth’s finest possibility to legalize sportsbooks this yr. 

H.3974 — which would generate 3 groups of licenses masking casinos, racetracks and OTBs, and cell/online — was referred to the Property Strategies and Usually means Committee today right after remaining quietly claimed out of the Financial Development and Emerging Systems Committee this early morning. The vote came just after committee users ended up reportedly polled around the weekend on their help for the monthly bill. 

Sources say the monthly bill is primarily based on H.506 sponsored by Rep. Dan Cahill of Lynn. The new sponsor is the Joint Committee on Financial Growth and Emergency Technologies chaired on the Senate aspect by Sen. Eric Lesser — a powerful supporter of legalized sports activities betting in the commonwealth.

At the very least 20 independent athletics betting expenditures have been filed for consideration in 2021-2022 very first once-a-year session of the Massachusetts Typical Court docket, with the last working day for official legislative action this 12 months scheduled for Nov. 17. 

An try to legalize Massachusetts sporting activities betting by the condition spending plan course of action failed in Could

Three Licenses, Two Tiers

The recent proposal would be cited in state legislation as the “Massachusetts Athletics Wagering Act” if it is enacted.

3 categories of licenses would be produced beneath the invoice:

  • Category 1 license for casinos to provide sports betting both of those in-individual and via no extra than three “individually branded cellular apps or other digital platforms.”
  • Class 2 license for horse tracks and OTBs that simulcast horse and greyhound racing to provide athletics betting both of those in-particular person and by just one separately branded cellular application or on the web platform. 
  • Each and every cell application or on the net system assigned to the other two classes of licensees should be granted a separate Category 3 license, which allows sporting activities wagering via cellular app or other online platform authorised by the state. 

And, there would be two varieties, or tiers, or athletics bets permitted. Tier 1 wagers will be common bets placed just before the party and determined by the last score or outcome. Tier 2 wagers will be any other type of sporting activities bets, together with prop bets, single-video game bets, teaser bets, parlays, about-under, moneyline, pools, exchange wagering, in-activity wagering, in-enjoy, and straight bets. 

No betting would be allowed on the overall performance of individual athletes in any collegiate sporting activities or athletic celebration, or on any substantial college or youth sporting activities celebration. 

What Are The Proposed Licensing Expenses And Tax Premiums? 

Remaining a sports betting operator in Massachusetts below the proposed legislation will not be affordable. A licensing cost of $5 million would be required of any “qualified gaming entity” seeking to provide sports activities betting. 

That license would be great for five a long time, and renewable for a different five years for $5 million, for every the invoice. 

The proposed tax fee below the proposal is 12.5 percent of the licensee’s adjusted gross receipts for in-particular person sports betting. The tax charge for mobile and on the net sporting activities betting adjusted gross sports wagering receipts would be 15 percent. 

What’s Next? 

The Massachusetts legislature will recess at the conclude of July for summertime crack in the course of August, and at minimum aspect of September. It’s uncertain if the Dwelling finances committee strategies to acquire up the proposal just before the break begins. 

No forthcoming hearings are scheduled for the Property Approaches and Means Committee for now. But, as today’s committee vote demonstrates, factors can happen unexpectedly on Beacon Hill, so remain tuned.