Several states have made it legal to bet on sporting events but in Massachusetts, it’s still a misdemeanor.
Governor Charlie Baker has filed legislation to authorize the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to license the state’s three casino operators to make sports betting available to people over the age of 21.
Just to the north of us, Rhode Island allows betting on professional sporting events. Northampton Attorney, James Winston told 22News people in Rhode Island bet a total of $6.5 million in Super Bowl 53. The state got 50 percent of that money.
Winston believes Massachusetts isn’t too far behind.
“I think that Massachusetts wants some of that sports gambling market in their pockets and not have it go out of state because right now it is a misdemeanor,” said Winston.
The gambling expansion would make Massachusetts the second state in New England to allow betting on sports.
Baker’s bill requires a $100,000 application fee and $500,000 for a license that would have to be renewed every five years.
Winston thinks it will become legal later this year.