Massachusetts lawmakers eyeing possible legal sports betting bill


Sports betting is set to begin in Rhode Island around Thanksgiving. 

A Supreme Court decision earlier this year paved the way for legal sports betting. Individual states will have to decide if they want to allow sports betting, and if so, where it will be allowed, and how it will be taxed. 

Rhode Island is projecting tens of millions of dollars in revenue from sports betting. 

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has projected Massachusetts could make as much as $61-million a year in tax revenues if sports betting were to be legalized.

The state legislature could address sports betting when it goes back in session in January.

Taurus Maushall of Springfield told 22News, “I think sports betting will be good. It creates opportunities, jobs, revenue. Extra money back in taxes. I think it would benefit MGM, I think it would benefit Springfield. Also the surrounding communities.”

After the Supreme Court decision in May, MGM Resorts said that they are “extremely well positioned” to handle legalized sports betting following the ruling. 

Chicopee State Representative Joseph Wagner told 22News back in June that he would be working on a sports betting bill for when legislators return to the state house in January.

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