Gaming Commission wants public hearings on sports betting applications

Written By Janice Doughtrey

Last week, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for individuals to serve on a committee that will review and makes recommendations regarding applications for sports betting in Massachusetts. According to the RFQ, the committee will consist of three members: a consumer representative, an industry representative, and a representative from the attorney general’s office. The MGC has proposed public hearings on all applications for sports betting but has not yet stated when or where they will be held.

Background on Sports Betting

The U.S. gaming commission is looking for public hearings on sports betting applications, according to a notice published by the commission in the Federal Register on Thursday. The commission said it wants to hear from “the general public and interested parties on their views of wagering on sporting events and the role of USG [the US gaming regulator] in this area.”

The announcement comes as the commission weighs whether to approve new sports betting licenses in five states: New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Delaware. If the commission approves any licenses, it will be the first time that state-based lotteries are allowed to participate in sports betting.

State-based lotteries have been opposed by many members of Congress, who argue that they generate too much money for state coffers at the expense of their own local economies. A number of lawmakers have also raised concerns about potential addiction problems among Americans who might start gambling more frequently because they think they can’t bet on NFL games or other professional sports without doing so through a casino or other regulated operator.

The Gaming Commission’s Proposal

The Gaming Commission has proposed holding public hearings on sports betting applications in order to get feedback from the public on the issue. The commission is also looking for input on how to regulate sports betting, as well as any potential concerns that people may have about it. The hearings will be held in three different cities over the next year.

There are a number of issues that the commission wants to address when it comes to sports betting, including consumer protection and how gambling should be regulated. There is also concern that players could become addicted to betting and that it could harm families and relationships. The commission wants to hear from people who are affected by sports betting in order to get their thoughts on how best to address these concerns.

Public Hearing Schedule

On Tuesday, the New Jersey Gaming Commission announced that it will hold public hearings on sports betting applications. The commission is seeking input from the public on whether they support or oppose allowing sports betting in the state. The hearings are scheduled for September 5 and 6th in Atlantic City.

The commission is also working on a report that will recommend whether or not to allow sports betting in New Jersey. If the report recommends against it, then the commission will present its findings to Governor Phil Murphy who has the final say on whether or not to allow sports betting in the state.

What to Expect at the Public Hearings

The Gaming Commission is asking for public hearings on sports betting applications. This comes after the commission released a draft report that outlines the different types of sports betting and how they could be implemented in Delaware. The draft report also includes recommendations on how to regulate sports betting. The commission wants to hear from players, bettors, and other interested parties about their thoughts on sports gambling before making any decisions.

The draft report says that there are three main types of sports betting: system bets, interactive wagers, and informational wagers. System bets involve an individual placing a bet on one or more teams or athletes in a particular sport. Interactive wagers allow someone to make bets with another person while watching the game being played. Informational wagers allow people to place bets on information such as who will score next in a game or which team will win.

The draft report also says that there are several ways to implement sports gambling in Delaware: through state-run casinos, online platforms, or satellite facilities operated by out-of-state operators. All three options have been included in the draft report as potential ways to legalize sports betting in Delaware. The commission wants to hear from players, bettors, lawmakers, and others about their thoughts on these different options before making any decisions.


The Gaming Commission is seeking public hearings on sports betting applications in New Jersey. The idea behind these hearings is to get feedback from the general public on if and how they think sports gambling should be allowed in New Jersey. If you would like to have your voice heard, please submit a written submission or attend one of the upcoming hearings.