The Governor of Massachusetts Charlie Baker earlier this year was very optimistic for a 2020 mid year launch. Neighbors of the Bay State Rhode Island has sports betting and New Hampshire announced that they will launch on Monday December 30th. However there was some bleak news on Wednesday for the state and it’s sports betting future. Senator Eric Lesser is the chairman of the Legislature Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies addressed the issue on Friday. He said he could not with 100% certainty commit to sports betting launching in 2020.
First and foremost Lesser said all of the many bills the state has presented on sports betting goes through his committee. Senator Lesser said, “We’re watching New Hampshire closely, just as we watched Rhode Island closely.” Senator Lesser is a resident of Longmeadow, Massachusetts. He said, ‘We’re keeping a close eye on all things sports betting with our neighbors.’ Lesser is not sure of the exact timeline, but he stressed that it will depend on the work the members of the committee put in.
Senator Lesser Says Rhode Island Had A Rocky Sports Betting Start It’s A Lesson Learned
Lesser and other members of the committee point out that their neighbor Rhode Island had a very rocky start with sports betting. The initial revenue projections did not materialize. Lesser believes all of that is a lesson learned, he believes it’s best to figure out issues ahead of the launch. The senator said each state that has implemented legalized sports betting has had a different experience.
Each state has their own unique issues Lesser wanted to emphasize. The Chairwoman of the committee Congresswoman Ann-Margaret Ferrante also weighed in on the issue. Ferrante said, ‘the entire committee body are closely looking at all the relevant issues concerning sports betting in the Bay State. The House Speaker of Massachusetts Robert DeLeo said he welcomes all data to see the ‘best way forward for the people of Massachusetts.’ The minority leader of the committee Representative Brad Hill said he expects an overall ‘huge push to get sports betting up and running in the state.’
Lawmakers Agree That The Revenue From Sports Betting Would Be Beneficial To The State
Rep Brad Hill said ‘when everything is said and done, the House will realize how much money they are losing out on. Residents of the Bay State have clear options now for sports betting. Rhode Island has legal sports betting, and New Hampshire will have it in a few days, Hill said. The bottom line here, it’s about ‘lost revenue’ added Hill. We are missing out on all the possible sports betting revenue by having our residents go to nearby state to place their bets. Hill also said that the sports betting bills that are being reviewed has profits going to education and transportation needs in the state. He said the ‘sooner the glitches are ironed out the sooner the money can be put to good use.