BOSTON (WBZ News Radio) The proposal to legalize and regulate sports betting is gaining momentum in the Commonwealth. Governor Charlie Baker, and several law makers including Sen. Eric Lesser of Longmeadow, have proposed ways to make sports betting legal.
Lesser explained his sports-betting bill to the public on Monday. The bill is three years in the making. The bill would legalize sports betting for those over 21 years old. Sports bets would need to be placed while physically in Massachusetts, and would fall under the the oversight of the Mass. Gaming Commission. The bill would create three different sports betting license types: one for brick-and-mortar casinos, one for use at horse-racing tracks, and one for online betting outlets.
Lesser says people shouldn't think of sports-betting as a huge revenue generator for the state. "It's going to be significant and helpful, but it's not going to be, for example anywhere near the scale...what the lottery currently is." Lesser estimates legalized sports-betting could earn the state around $30-35 million a year.
WBZ's Karen Regal (@karenregal) reports: