Massachusetts should look into legalized sports betting, Gov. Charlie Baker says
Hours after the US Supreme Court ruled that a federal ban on sports betting is unconstitutional, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he’ll be talking with leaders in the Massachusetts House and Senate about the possibility of legalizing sports betting here.
While the Supreme Court struck down the ban, states still need to pass legislation if they wish to legalize sports betting.
“Off the top of my head….I would say it’s certainly something we should look at,” Baker told reporters at the State House.
“I promise you that the vast majority of the states around the country will certainly take a look at it, and it really becomes a question of whether this is something that people believe ought to be part of their revenue stream, ought to be part of their entertainment industry or not,” Baker said.
Baker noted that Massachusetts is on the cusp of opening two casinos: MGM Springfield is set to open its doors later this year, and Wynn Resorts is building Encore Boston Harbor, a casino in Everett slated to open in June 2019. A slots parlor, Plainridge Park Casino, opened in Plainville in June 2015.
“What does that mean with respect how we would think about this?” Baker said.
A recent analysis from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said that legalized sports betting could bring in somewhere between $9 million and $61 million a year in state tax revenues.
“There are costs with benefits associated with this sort of stuff, like there always are,” Baker said when a reporter pointed out the range in potential tax revenues. “I mean, we’re about to start selling recreational marijuana in Massachusetts, there are costs and benefits associated with that.”
Baker stressed that he hadn’t yet read