The review wrapped up Monday afternoon with MGM Springfield ultimately receiving the state's second legal casino sports betting license. It joins Encore Boston Harbor—a WynnBet-sponsored property—in a young and budding sports betting market.
Visitors will be allowed to bet on any professional sports entity and any non-Massachusetts-based colleges. When they are not betting, they can check out an in-house steakhouse, bars, a gym, a pool, a simulated golf course, and much more. The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame is also less than a 10-minute walk away for sports enthusiasts looking to take their fandom on the road.
The granting of the license gives BetMGM the land-based partner it needed to avoid applying for a standalone operator’s license. Only seven standalone licenses are available, and six entities—Bally Bet, Betr, Betway, DraftKings, FanDuel, and PointsBet—have already submitted applications.
MGM is looking forward to joining a newly-formed sports betting market at a time when the NFL is nearing the playoffs, the NBA and NHL regular seasons are in full tilt, and the ever-popular March Madness is just around the corner.
“Thank you to the entire commission. As has been referenced on the calendar, it’s aptly timed for the gift of this decision, what it means to the city, what it means to the community and what it will ultimately mean to the state,” MGM Springfield President Chris Kelley said.
Massachusetts was the third state to legalize sports betting in 2022. Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill in the closing hours of an August 10 legislative session that created the market, leaving the MGC to get it set up before its official launch.
MGM Springfield almost failed to submit its license application despite sending the $200,000 payment on November 21. It wasn’t until November 23 that the MGC received the application following what was labeled a “miscommunication.”