Michigan Online Gambling Delayed as Virginia Gets Overload of Gaming Applicants
Sports betting continues to be the primary source of news in recent weeks. Michigan online casinos and sports betting will not be launching by Thanksgiving as expected. Now, it appears that it will be 2021 before you can bet on sports in the Wolverine State.
Meanwhile, a constitutional amendment to allow bets on collegiate sports in New Jersey has passed committee. If passed, citizens can vote on the amendment in November 2021. Also, Illinois has extended virtual sports betting registrations to December. Finally, we know that sports betting is coming to Virginia and operators want in. While only 12 licenses will be available, 25 companies have applied to offer sports betting in the Old Dominion.
Michigan Online Gambling Delayed to 2021
When Michigan passed online casino legislation, most assumed it would arrive in the Wolverine State by late 2020. Then the deadline was set for Thanksgiving. That’s not happening. The Michigan Joint Committee of Administrative Rules received sports betting and online gambling rules on October 8th and have yet to act.
There are now only nine days left in the current legislative session, and the next legislative date isn’t until December 1st. Unless something happens at the last minute, which is appearing unlikely, we will not see legal Michigan online gambling until at least Spring 2021. The 2021 legislative session doesn’t start until February, so don’t expect a launch until at least March or April at the earliest.
New Jersey Explores Allowing Collegiate Sports Betting
Online gambling is legal in New Jersey and sports betting has proved incredibly successful. However, bets on in-state collegiate sports are not allowed. That may be changing soon. A constitutional amendment to allow in-state collegiate sports bets will now be voted on by the legislature. That’s after the measure passed in committee.
If the legislature passes the measure, then New Jersey citizens will need to vote on the amendment. This vote would happen in November 2021. If citizens vote in favor of the amendment, the amendment becomes legal, and in-state collegiate sports betting would start sometime in 2022.
There’s little reason to believe that this measure would not pass. The ban on in-state collegiate sports betting has been an unpopular move amongst sports bettors and online gamblers.
Online Sports Betting Registration Extended to December 12
Those in Illinois that want to register for sports betting will be able to do so online for a bit longer. The executive order issued by Governor J.B. Pritzker was extended to December 12th. This is due to the Illinois Legislature’s decision to cancel the remaining of the 2020 legislative session due to COVID-19.
During this session, many had hoped the legislature would change rules requiring that sports bettors register in-person. The Governor has signed an executive order allowing online registration due to the pandemic. This will now continue until at least December 12. However, since lawmakers will not return until next year’s session, expect this executive order to receive another extension in December.
25 Companies Apply to Offer Sports Betting in Virginia
Earlier this month, four Virginia localities approved live casino gambling. The state had already approved sports betting and October 31st was the deadline for companies to apply for a license. The Virginia Lottery is in charge of licensing and will award 12 licenses. However, there was a lot more competition than expected.
By the deadline, 25 companies had submitted applications. This means that 13 companies will be rejected, and now begins the process of vetting and approving applications. Among those that have applied for licensing includes, FanDuel, William Hill, Barstool Sports, MGM, theScore, and Hard Rock. The Virginia Lottery will not release the full list of those that have applied. The ones we know about were publicly released by companies or company lawyers.
Companies that receive licenses will be able to offer mobile sports betting to those in Virginia. Like all other legal gambling states, a player’s physical location will be determined by Wi-Fi. All legal online casinos use this form of geolocation to ensure that bets stay intrastate.