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Connecticut Lawmaker Says Sports Betting Coming In 2021

Rep. Sean Scanlon Says "You Can Bet On" Sports Betting Being Legal In The State Next Year

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A Connecticut lawmaker said Monday that sports betting will come to his state in 2021, according to a report from the Hartford Courant.

“Sports betting will be legalized in 2021,” said Rep. Sean Scanlon, a Democrat from Guilford. “You can bet on it.”

Scanlon, who serves as the co-chair of the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee, made the statement shortly after Foxwoods announced a partnership with Boston-based DraftKings.

The partnership will allow the daily fantasy sports-giant, which also serves as one of the largest online sportsbooks in the country, to run Foxwoods’ sports betting operations when the state eventually legalizes the activity.

Gambling in Connecticut is only allowed at the state’s two tribal casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. In 2019, lawmakers attempted to pass a sports betting bill that would allow sports betting at brick-and-mortar casinos and off-track betting facilities.

While there hasn’t been any indication of what language will be included in the proposed 2021 version, if the state allowed another entity to offer sports betting, it could put its current pact with the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes at risk. Comments made by Gov. Ned Lamont Monday indicate that the tribes will be at the center of any sports betting bill in 2021 and that online betting will likely be included.

“We’ve been talking about this for close to a decade in this state and frankly the whole world is moving virtual and that includes the gaming industry,” said Lamont. “And I think Connecticut ought to participate and it ought to be led by the tribes.”

If passed next year, Connecticut would become the third state to legalize sports betting in New England. Rhode Island launched sports betting at the end of 2018 and New Hampshire rolled out its market a year later.