Massachusetts gaming regulators have hired consultants to help with sports betting as the state works to launch the next legal betting industry by the end of January. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission announced it would call in reinforcements at its final meeting, held Thursday, where executive director Karen Wells disclosed that the regulator had hired testing and certification company Gaming Laboratories International to help with standards.
Wells briefed commissioners on Thursday on the variety of consultation arrangements the commission has entered into. Auditing and consulting firm RSM US has been engaged to assist the Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement with substantive reviews of sports betting applications, reports State House Press Service. In addition, a group of former law enforcement officials have been engaged to assist the IEB in conducting general aptitude reviews of applicants.
With regard to the GLI contract, the firm is ready to intervene on the technical standards, the test standards and the drafting of the internal control regulations.. Wells did not provide cost estimates for the services at the meeting. State sports betting law includes provisions that allow the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to recover certain costs from licensees.
“It’s going to be huge for our implementation timeline,” Wells said. She later added, “It’s a big win for the MGC to have them on board and to have everything set up. I know the team is really happy to have this kind of help and this level of professionalism. Commissioners noted that GLI has already assisted other regulators in the implementation of sports betting.
Compared to last week’s meeting, where commissioners shared a tentative launch schedule, Thursday’s meeting was much quieter. While the regulator expected to discuss public comments on sports betting license applications, the MGC has yet to receive those comments.prompting Wells to say that the corps will “stand by” until they arrive.
Earlier this month, the commission agreed to work towards a targeted launch date of “late January” for the start of in-person sports betting and state casinos and slots, in time for the Super Bowl. As for mobile betting, an “early March” target has been set. However, the commissioners also admitted that the target dates could be “too aggressive” and could still be pushed back.