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Fair Play Massachusetts calling for sports betting in bars and restaurants

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) -  A Chicopee-based group is calling on the state to allow sports betting at bars and restaurants.

Fair Play Massachusetts said local bars and restaurants would be missing out on a lot of revenue if the state only makes sports betting legal at casinos.

Last May, the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that banned commercial sports betting in most states. Since then, Governor Charlie Baker filed a bill that would allow sports betting at slot parlors and casinos, including MGM Springfield.

Fair Play Massachusetts wants this legislation to also include bars and restaurants that are already licensed by the state lottery, like Nathan Bill's in Springfield.

Joe Sullivan, the manager at Nathan Bill's told 22News, "There's a ton of businesses in the state that already sell Keno that would love to have this and they are all taxpayers and they are all community residents why not keep the revenue with us."

Sullivan also said sports betting would also create many jobs since they would need extra staff to oversee the sports gaming at their restaurant.

Massachusetts isn't the only state considering legislation sports betting 

Oregon and Ohio are among several states exploring the idea of running sports gaming through a lottery system. 


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