PointsBet became the final operator to have its suitability review with state regulators for a no-strings-attached online MA sports betting license.
On Wednesday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will reconvene and go through a collective review of Massachusetts’ six no-strings-attached online sports betting applicants before voting to grant the license.
The MGC incorporated a three-day window (wednesday to friday) to finalize the review and voting process.
MA sports betting launch timeline
The six untethered applicants conducted their reviews in order:
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Massachusetts expected to launch retail sports betting January 31. The state is expected to launch online sports betting in early March before the NCAA Tournament.
PointsBet representatives said that they intend to launch on time.
PointsBet University Associations
State regulators put PointsBet’s collegiate partnerships with universities in Colorado Y Maryland under scrutiny.
Commissioner Eileen O’Brien questioned how those associations adhere to the American Gaming Association recommendations that there be no advertising and marketing on campuses beyond job opportunities.
“We are closely considering those AGA recommendations,” PointsBet VP of legal and compliance raquel kasper saying. “There is no resolution on our part, but we take everything we do very seriously.”
University marketing, advertising ban.
O’Brien said PointsBet would be allowed to continue under the specific condition that they do not implement any type of marketing or advertising on any MA college campus.
Previously, Caesars also received similar scrutiny from the MGC for its university partnerships with LSU and Michigan State. O’Brien also mentioned other operators who said they had no university associations of any kind.
“We would make the same commitment to you in Massachusetts,” Kasper said. “We are more than happy to meet that standard.”
Other Notable PointsBet Issues
State regulators also requested additional information from PointsBet about its supplier and diversity goals, including overall spending plans. While state regulators liked PointsBet’s section on responsible gaming, he expects the operator to increase its diversity, specifically around having only 23% women in their workforce.
In addition, the MGC requested more information on a Indiana self-exclusion matter September 2020.
PointsBet was not questioned about its now-defunct association with drew brees. The company terminated that agreement after Brees accepted an interim coaching position at his alma mater, purdue.
MA Sports Betting Rules Below
The MGC will also review sports betting regulations on Wednesday morning.
As the Ohio Casino Control CommissionThe MGC is expected to prohibit operators from using the term “free bet” in connection with promotional bets.
The OCCC has operators use the term “bet credit.”