The Supreme Court decision to overrule a nationwide ban on sports betting is likely to have significant effects on Massachusetts.
Boston-based DraftKings, one of the leading daily fantasy sports companies, has already said it will enter the sports betting industry.
“Our mission has always been to bring fans closer to the sports they love and now, thanks to the wisdom of the Supreme Court, DraftKings will be able to harness our proven technology to provide our customers with innovative online sports betting products,” said Jason Robins, chief executive of DraftKings, in a statement. “This ruling gives us the ability to further diversify our product offerings and build on our unique capacity to drive fan engagement.”
The ruling does not legalize sports betting, but allows states to do so. Wynn Resorts has said it supports sports betting.
The Legislature has shown an appetitte for gambling — and gaming revenues — dating back to the establishment of the lottery and the more recent introduction of casinos to Massachusetts. Open questions include how Beacon Hill will choose to regulate and tax sports betting, which state agencies will oversee it, and which entities — casinos, the lottery and web-based companies — will be allowed to engage in it.