Countdown to Sports Betting Legalization in Massachusetts: Time Running Out

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Gilbert Horowitz
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With only six weeks left on this year's legislative calendar in Massachusetts, lawmakers have little time to waste in getting a measure passed that would finally legalize sports betting in the commonwealth.


The House and Senate have both passed their own versions of sports betting bill.  The Senate is looking to follow the Oregon sports betting model, no wagering on any college sports (Oregon only allows it at one land-based casino).  The House wants to allow Massachusetts residents and visitors to place bets on college sports.

"We don't know what the negotiations are about right now," Katie Lannan of the State News House tells WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller. "But there's lots of other differences between the two bills as well. The tax rate is different, the Senate has more restrictions in their proposal. So there's a lot of things that might be a dealbreaker for one branch or the other that might be wrapped up in this."

Matty Murphy of the State News House is hardly optimistic.

"(The Senate) made it as restrictive as they possibly could," Murphy said. "Limiting advertising during games to not entice people. The college sports betting thing of course we've heard you're basically encouraging people to stay in the black market if they can't bet on the professional sports and the college sports at the same time. Why stretch yourself across multiple platforms if you're interested in college sports? It'll be interesting to see where this one goes and if they can get it across the finish line."

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- Gilbert Horowitz, Gambling911.com

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