Delay in Michigan Online Sports Betting
Michigan launched sports betting back in March 2020, and the online portion of this industry was slated to launch later in 2020.
Now, it appears that MI online sports betting will have to wait until 2021 as the coronavirus pandemic has forced a huge delay in the process.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board submitted proposed rules for the online portion of the industry on Oct. 6, and it will take some time before those regulations are in place. The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules has not met due to the ongoing pandemic, and the rules have not yet been approved.
This is a huge blow for the entire state, but especially to those operators that have things in place for an online launch. Some operators were drawn to Michigan in hopes of launching by the end of 2020, but that does not appear to be the case.
The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules has 15 legislative days to approve the proposals, but they have yet to be in session. It is possible that the committee waives this process, but it still doesn’t appear that things will be in place in time for a 2020 launch.
Slow Start For Industry
March was supposed to be a huge month for the Michigan sports betting industry as things were ready to go before the start of the NCAA Tournament. The COVID-19 pandemic had other ideas, and all of the retail sportsbooks were shut down for almost three months.
Retail sportsbooks have begun to reopen throughout the state, but most are operating with strict health and safety protocols in place. There are also just three commercial casinos in Michigan, and all of these are located in the city of Detroit.
Michigan has been able to attract some of the biggest names in the industry, but these operators are waiting to launch mobile betting. This delay has caused Michigan to fall behind some other states in the Midwest, and they will not be able to catch up until mobile betting is launched.
iGaming to Also Be Delayed
Michigan is also looking to launch its iGaming industry, but that too has been delayed. Several online casino operators already have things in place for launch, but it is likely that they will have to wait until 2021 as well.
There are just a handful of states that have legalized online casino gambling throughout the country, and Michigan is hoping to become a leader in the Midwest portion of the US. The sports betting industry has grown tremendously in this part of the US, but the same thing has not yet happened in the iGaming industry.
Some operators, like DraftKings and FanDuel, will simply add online casino gambling to their mobile apps that are already launched. Other companies will be strictly offering online casino gambling in the state.
Michigan is hoping that 2021 is a big year for both industries, and mobile betting should be strong. Look for this state to produce some huge numbers in both sports betting and iGaming at the start of 2021.
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