EDITORIAL: All three Massachusetts casinos violated a new state law on sports betting. Now what?

EDITORIAL: All three Massachusetts casinos violated a new state law on sports betting. Now what?

Article brief provided by The Boston Globe
  • Editorial Board, The Boston Globe
March 6, 2023 8:29 PM

Legal sports betting went live in Massachusetts on Jan. 31. By Valentine’s Day, all three of the state’s casinos admitted to accepting bets on Massachusetts college teams — all in violation of the new law, which prohibits bets on Massachusetts schools unless that college happens to be playing in a tournament of four or more teams.

Now it’s up to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to decide what to do about the violations. Potential penalties will be discussed at three separate adjudicatory hearings, which are in the process of being set up, according to commission spokesman Thomas Mills. The law authorizes the commission to impose fines but does not prescribe the amount.