North Carolina: Commission says sports betting likely won’t begin in January

November 14, 2023 3:34 PM
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  • Associated Press
November 14, 2023 3:34 PM
  • Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — With licensing applications yet to be received and rules yet to be approved, legalized sports betting in North Carolina isn’t expected to begin in early January as the state’s new gambling laws permitted.

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Legislation approved by the General Assembly this year said the North Carolina State Lottery Commission, which is tasked with regulating the new mobile and in-person sports gambling, has until next June 15 to launch the betting options. But the law said gambling could begin as soon as Jan. 8 — which is the date of the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Commission members and staff said at its sports betting committee on Tuesday that meeting the January date was unworkable given all the activities that have yet to occur, WRAL-TV reported. No start date was identified.

Sterl Carpenter, who was hired by the commission to lead its new sports betting division, described for committee members the work that’s yet to be completed.

Once applications are submitted, the sports wagering companies seeking licenses to accept bets in the state will have to be investigated, with their financial controls, security and responsible gambling plans scrutinized, Carpenter said. And a provision that became law just last month requires these applicants to have a formal agreement with certain teams, leagues or sports venues in the state.

So “January 8 is the first date, but probably won’t be the date when betting is authorized,” Commissioner Ripley Rand asked Carpenter during the meeting.

“Absolutely correct,” Carpenter responded. Commissioner Cari Boyce added that it would have taken daily meetings of the committee to start betting on Jan. 8.

The committee on Tuesday approved a large array of events that could be bet on through the licensed operators, as well as changes to its first batch of rules. The catalog of events and the rule changes still must be approved by the full commission.