Sports betting in Connecticut receives Senate approval in the late-night session
As expected, sports betting in Connecticut moved one step closer to legalization after approval in the EU senate.
HB 6451 authorized Governor Ned Lamont to sign newly negotiated gaming contracts with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan In the. The bill was passed late by the Senate Tuesday Night, 28-6after a long day of debate. The bill passed quickly House last week.
The compacts will go to the federal government Home Office for approval after Lamont officially approves it. That could come quickly Sen. Cathy East proposed in the Senate:
“I hope the governor signs it tonight and that we forward it to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, where it should be quickly reviewed and brought back to us so that those who enjoy sports betting and online gaming can do so at the moment.” Autumn with. “
The hope is that sports betting in Connecticut will begin around the beginning of the year NFL Season in September.
Sports betting in Connecticut under attack from opposition
Several senators expressed displeasure with part of the bill, even though they knew it would pass.
Senator Tony Hwang talked about how legal sports betting increases gambling addiction New Jersey and changed how exercise is consumed in Australia. He eventually called for additional funds to be allocated to problem gambling once the money is managed by an grants committee next year.
Hwang also warned of the onslaught of gambling ads hitting Connecticut:
“If you thought you saw enough DraftKings adverts in a sports venue that you see now, imagine – just wait! The idea that we are now approving the gambling, your radio waves, and every sporting event you watch and watch is inundated with calls that are flooded with television commercials promoting the fast, rich dynamics of betting on a sports game. “
No help to the imagination
Although the bill passed by the Senate included a new licensing system for online sports betting, iGaming, and fantasy sports, it doesn’t seem like the fantasy industry has found the help it was looking for.
The expanded gaming agreement puts fantasy sports, including daily fantasy sports competitions, under the tribes’ two master licenses. This means that operators must stop participating in fantasy sports until they can obtain a license.
There is concern that the entire NFL season could be lost, Peter Schoenke of Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association said LSR.
Lamont’s chief of staff Paul Mounds speaks directly to DraftKings to find a solution, according to News 12 Connecticut.
The final license proposals for CT Sports Betting are due shortly
Lamont’s signature also begins a two weeks Period for hopeful operators to be asked to submit final proposals for the state’s final betting area.
The Mashantucket Pequot has entered into a partnership DraftKings Sports Betting while Mohegan is working with warehouse. This last skin belongs to him Connecticut lotterywho started an RFP process last month to find his betting partner.
These suggestions would be due June 9th Lamont should sign the legislation Wednesday. The lottery asked four operators to submit final bids, although any operator can bid. Originally, fifteen Companies expressed interest in partnering with the lottery.
The timeline listed in the RFP had a two week gap between the final submission date and the selection of a winner. That suggests that the lottery might pick a winner from 23rd June on the updated timeline.
Together with the online skin, the lottery can hold up to fifteen Retail sports betting locations across the state.