Connecticut misses out on sports betting
With the opening of legal sports betting in Rhode Island this week, Connecticut has once again missed out [Nov. 29, courant.com, "Connecticut falling behind as Rhode Island begins sports betting"].
When the Supreme Court struck down the ban on sports betting in May, Connecticut was featured in numerous articles as being one of the states that could quickly legalize and open up sports books. It made perfect sense – with Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun and numerous off-track betting locations in the state, it seemed we already had the infrastructure in place ready to go.
However, there has been one piece of the puzzle that is still stuck – the state legislature.
For a group that is constantly looking for ways to increase revenue to the state, the lack of action on this issue is astounding. Since opening in late June, New Jersey has a year-to-date total in sports betting revenue of nearly $52 million.
It is nice to see that sports betting is a priority of Governot-elect Ned Lamont, but this is an issue that should’ve been taken care of already. Connecticut used to have a stronghold on the casino business, but with the recent opening of MGM Springfield, and sports betting now open at Twin River in Rhode Island, we’ll see that hold evaporate.
While we have yet to even debate the topic, Rhode Island is already moving on to mobile wagering. Just another case of Connecticut falling behind their neighbors.
Jared Kotler, West Hartford
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