NHL betting, Bruins about to be legal in Massachusetts

Can fans attending the TD Garden for the Boston Bruins games this coming season take part in NHL betting at the spoprts betting booths located next to the concession stands?

While that has yet to be determined, one thing seems certain, Bruins and Massachusetts sports fans like them will be able to legally participate in NHL Betting as well as betting on professional and college sports in person and online very soon. After a long and lengthy process that lasted years, as surrounding New England states legalized sports betting, the Massachusetts legislature reached an agreement early Monday morning that would allow licensed bettors in the Commonwealth to offer betting on professional and amateur sports with some restrictions.

“I am proud to announce that the Sports Betting Conference Committee has reached agreement on legislation that will legalize professional and college sports betting in Massachusetts, leading to the massive economic benefits of the legal sports betting industry. [Massachusetts],” Massachusetts House Speaker Ron Mariano tweeted at approximately 5 a.m. ET on Monday.

  • Online and retail betting will be allowed.
  • Betting is not permitted on events involving in-state colleges such as Boston College, unless teams participate in a “collective tournament”.
  • Bookmakers must be 21 years old to bet with a licensed sportsbook and may not use a credit card.
  • Sportsbooks will be taxed at 15% on net income from in-person bets and 20% on online bets.

The bill would also allow the sports governing body to enter into a commercial agreement with sports players such as FanDuel and DraftKings and “share in the amount of the bet or revenue from sports betting in sports events of the sports governing body.”

These sports governing bodies will not be required to obtain a license to participate in revenue sharing partnerships.

Back in August 2019, NHL Commissioner Bill Daley confirmed to SportsBookReview.com that “at some point during the 2019-20 season in the regular NHL, live and future NHL betting and sports betting via in-the-yard booths will be available at many NHL arenas. One of the first NHL arenas to have betting booths was TD Garden thanks to Delaware North, the franchise and sports gambling company of Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs being a major player in the US casino business.

The new Massachusetts law includes an initiative to study whether betting booths are suitable for restaurants and bars, which could include stadiums and professional sports arenas. Retail sportsbooks at professional sports venues such as TD Garden, Gillette Stadium, and Fenway Park are being discussed again, but are not currently included in the proforma invoice that is set for Governor Baker approval.

However, there appears to be a good chance that if not by the time the 2022-23 regular season begins for the Boston Bruins, in the run-up to the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs, Bruins fans can have a beer and then bet on who scores. Next goal.

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