DraftKings was granted access to the Massachusetts market during the March 10 launch of online sportsbooks. The retail market went live on January 31 but only with a few operators.
Fittingly, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, the capital of and most populous city in Massachusetts. The state itself has all sorts of local sporting draws, including the Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, and Boston Bruins, among others.
Despite the prevalence of the more popular leagues and teams, the Boston Marathon is one of the most globally-recognizable athletics events. Many of the best long-distance runners in the world make the journey to compete on a difficult yet historic course.
“The Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon and one of the most famous road racing events,” DraftKings said in its proposal to state regulators.
There was immediate speculation regarding what types of wagers would be available for bettors if the idea was approved. Aside from the obvious market of the winning competitor, suggestions were made that there could be prop-style bets on the fastest mile, the halfway leader, and if any athletes would drop out of the race.
That speculation was short-lived, however, as DraftKings clarified what types of odds it was seeking.
“There are about 70 participants in the professional field for the 2023 marathon,” wrote DraftKings. “DraftKings will only be offering the top 20 men & women professional winners and (over/under) men & women winning time for wagering.”
However, the MGC cut those dreams short with its decision. A spokesperson for DraftKings revealed that betting on the marathon was already approved in Kansas, Oregon and Wyoming, three states where the company offers legal sports betting services—odds for the race have not been posted at the time of writing.
The MGC had the opportunity to meet two more times before the April 17 race day but reached a decision the first day of asking.