SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The State Gaming Commission met Wednesday, planning to further discuss MGM Springfield’s sports betting license application.
The commission was supposed to vote on MGM’s application last week. Commissioners were unhappy that MGM’s application arrived late and that certain portions of MGM’s in-person application referenced information that was only written in the BetMGM application.
It become exceedingly obvious that the Commission is committed to being thorough, while those applying for licenses seem to be a little unprepared for the scrutiny.
The Commission began just after 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, with MGM Springfield’s online partner BetMGM on the agenda first. Once they finished the discussion from Tuesday’s meeting. That discussion took all day.
The Commission still hearing input from Caesar’s Entertainment all the way until 4 p.m. this afternoon as they campaign to be approved as the online and mobile partner of Encore Boston Harbor. They join Barstool Sports and BetMGM as online gambling platforms hoping to partner with one of the state’s three brick and mortar casinos.
Encore Boston Harbor was the only brick and mortar casino that saw its in-person application approved last week. Both MGM Springfield and Pineridge Park saw votes differ because of how intertwined their online and in-person operations will be.
For MGM Springfield the main concern was the relationship between the well-established online platform owned by their same parent company and local in-person betting operations. They hoped to clear that up with BetMGM’s presentation today but they never got there. 22News will continue to follow along as these hearings continue. The next is scheduled for Sunday.