McCann: Could Be Years Before Betting Occurs

States have permission to allow sports betting, but actually passing and implementing laws take time

Taz and the Moose
May 16, 2018 - 9:47 am

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New Jersey’s Monmouth Park plans to accept sports wagers beginning Monday, May 28, but it will likely take longer for other states to follow suit.

Much longer. 

“I think realistically we’re looking at probably at least nine months,” Sports Illustrated legal analyst Michael McCann said on Taz & The Moose. “Look at it this way: The summer is coming up. State assemblies are going to be on vacation in many cases. So now we’re looking at the fall. Then there would have to be a proposal, a bill that would then be studied by a committee, and then there would be committee vote and then there would be a vote on the floor. Then there’s the passage of the bill, but then it has to occur in the state senate as well – and the state house and state senate bills might be very different. It then has to be reconciled, and there has to be a bill that both the state house and state senate agree on. Then it has to go to the governor.”

That’s a lot of steps – and with each step, there is potential for disagreement.

“There are a lot of things that can go wrong on this chain of events,” McCann said. “It takes a lot of things to pass. But let’s say that happens. Then the governor signs it. Okay, then how do you actually implement the law? This is where a lot of laws get slowed down – because administrative agencies, regulators, have to get involved and figure out how will the license be distributed, how much will it cost, and where will the money go? 

“This is another part of the story,” McCann continued. “So now there’s a law saying you can bet in a state, (but) who’s going to get that money? Will it go to schools? Will it go to social services? Will it go to roads? It’s all doable, but all of it has various political considerations, and we know that politicians cannot always act in the best interest. So this could be divisive. That’s why I think we’re looking at months of years.”