Plans for a $25 million horse monitor and sports betting middle are remaining made in central Massachusetts ahead of feasible legalization of sportsbooks this fall.
The Sturbridge Agricultural and Equestrian Heart would present in-man or woman and on line Massachusetts athletics betting alongside with dwell horse racing, dining, strolling trails and additional. Any athletics betting plans are contingent on the legalization of sports activities wagering by the commonwealth, with point out lawmakers expected to go on debating sports betting legislation this thirty day period.
It’s an intriguing development in a condition that has bandied about the plan of lawful on line and in-human being sports betting because a 2018 Supreme Court docket choice left legalization up to individual states and other jurisdictions.
Why a Horse Observe?
Sporting activities betting at the proposed track has the support of two horse racing corporations in Massachusetts, according to a report yesterday in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. Some state lawmakers are backing the strategy of sportsbooks at tracks, as well.
Horse racetracks and horse or greyhound racing simulcast amenities could apply for a license to provide in-individual athletics betting below a bill now pending in the point out Senate. Tracks with in-individual sportsbooks would also be permitted to have just one separately-branded cell app, which would be certified independently.
That could be a boon for reside racing in a point out the place horse tracks have taken some recent hits, like the close of live racing in 2019 at historic Suffolk Downs in East Boston — now a simulcast facility. The only dwell horse racing in the point out now is harness racing at Plainridge Park, house to one particular of the state’s 3 casinos.
Casinos would tumble less than a separate class of proposed athletics betting license, with each individual license good for in-man or woman sports betting and up to three separately-branded applications that would be licensed separately.
Cell applications not tied to any observe or casinos could also be accredited to function underneath the invoice.
What’s Subsequent for Massachusetts Sporting activities Betting?
Laws that would bring sports betting to Massachusetts is now pending in the condition Senate Strategies and Implies Committee, which could consider up the monthly bill at any time.
Massachusetts has considerably less than 4 months to get a regulatory bill as a result of to Gov. Charlie Baker if it wishes to have authorized sportsbooks in time for the 2022 Super Bowl. When the present-day legislative session does not conclusion right up until Jan. 4, 2022, the previous scheduled working day for official motion is Nov. 17.