Michigan braces for online sporst betting by ‘late fall’. This week, he head of the Michigan Gaming Control Board said that online gambling and sports betting could go live by “late fall,” a bumped-up schedule amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has casinos across the state operating under significantly limited capacity.
A public hearing this week to address new regulations for online gaming and sports betting was overseen by Richard S. Kalm, executive director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board. The final draught laws are scheduled to be submitted in the coming days, likely by the end of the month, to the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Regulations and the Legislative Service Bureau.
Acquiring and approving licenses, for both tribal and commercial casinos, is the final step, possibly sometime in November. “The licensing timetable also depends on the applicants and their delivery of completely and timely applications to us,” Kalm said.
Michigan has 26 casinos, 23 of which are tribal-run, and the other three in Detroit — MGM Grand, Greektown and MotorCity. In mid-March, MGM Grand, Greektown and MotorCity opened their brick-and-mortar sports books, just days before sports shut down across the globe during the early stages of COVID-19.
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