Michigan to See Online Sports Betting Earlier Than Expected

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The state of Michigan is likely to see online sports betting sooner than the initially anticipated launch in early 2021. According to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, the updated timeline could bring internet sports betting live within a few months and before the end of this year.

For now, the land-based casinos in Michigan are operating at half the capacity to comply with social distancing. The online alternative will certainly help to make the losses from the industry.

Michigan Online Sports Betting Rules Being Finalized

A few weeks ago, a public hearing was arranged to discuss the proposed rules for mobile sports betting which have now proceeded to the final stage. The objective is to have the final draft of these laws ready by the end of this month. Then it will be sent to the Michigan Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules and the Legislative Service Bureau.

By that time, it’s up to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules in Michigan’s legislature to discuss the rules and eventually decide them. This phase is likely to conclude sometime in late October if everything goes according to plan.

If things keep on going as expected, the final process will take place in November, at which point the state will be issuing and approving licenses. Both the commercial and tribal casinos in Michigan will have to obtain licenses at this stage. While commenting on this concluding step, Michigan Gaming Control Board executive Richard S. Kalm said, “The licensing timetable also hinges on the applicants and their delivery of complete and timely applications to us.”

If everything goes smoothly in this final stage, Michigan can expect to have its first mobile sportsbooks launched in November 2020.

What was the Original Plan?

The fast-tracked approach by the state authorities is a welcome surprise for many, but many are still interested in knowing the original timeline.

The initial plan to have mobile betting go live is sometime around the beginning of 2021. Many experts and leaders in Michigan were critical of a 2020 push as unrealistic or impossible. However, things have moved drastically in the right direction for Michigan’s online sports betting.

For now, the state does have retail sports betting available. However, it’s the online option that many had been desperate to enjoy in their state. Thankfully, it appears residents will not have long to wait.

Giants Are Already in the Game

As we said, November is being hinted at as the month that will see the licensing stage, and many leaders in mobile sports betting are already stretching their muscles. Companies like DraftKings, FanDuel, and BetMGM are likely to be at the forefront and all three of these entities already operate in Michigan.

Furthermore, Greektown Casinos is expected to offer Barstool Sportsbook in early 2021. Therefore, we can expect to see huge competition not just within the state, but with the neighboring states as well. Michigan’s sports betting industry would like to keep its handle within its boundaries.

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