Massachusetts Gaming Commission is slowly transitioning to sports betting

Colin A. Young

BOSTON – Hold your horses, keen sports gamblers. After months of public pressure on lawmakers to legalize sports betting, the Gaming Commission telegraphed Thursday that it will take longer for them to realize bets if or when the governor signs the bill than some people expect.

“I want the public to understand, as we as Commissioners are beginning to understand, that this is not something that will happen overnight,” Commissioner Brad Hill said. He added: “I’ve seen some quotes in the paper from the public and others that they hope to have this thing up and running in a very, very short time. And I just want the public to be clear, at least in my opinion going this may take a little longer than people probably expect, and I’m okay with that because I want to do it right.”

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