Last Updated on June 5, 2020
During the coronavirus pandemic, there has not been major sports to bet on in the US. This of course, has hurt the legal sports betting industry. But, it also leaves some opportunities for states to get in on the action without sacrificing any “time lost” in the sense of the word. Essentially, that is what Michigan is attempting to do as it ramps up the process in order to allow mobile sports betting in the state. Recently, the Michigan Gaming Control Board has asked for feedback on whether or not to have this process sped up, as the rules would become “emergency rules”. Effectively, this would bring online sports betting to Michigan sooner rather than later.
Emergency Rules Could Push Online Sports Betting Launch in Michigan
One very interesting thing about this scenario politically is the term “emergency rules”. What exactly does this mean? If the regulators can agree to a contract with whatever party in order to legislate, in this case the casinos/sportsbooks and the Michigan Gaming Control Board, it can be classified as emergency rules which can expedite the legal process. While it sounds terrific, there are hurdles. Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer has already stated that emergency rules are not something that should be used in this process when she signed the bill that allows for gaming in the state.
Of course, the current times are unprecedented which certainly allows for this snag to be redacted, but it is a definite hurdle.
DraftKings Sportsbook to Enter Michigan
DraftKings announces it will enter the Michigan sports betting market via a partnership with Bay Mills Resort & Casino, pending licensing approval.
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) June 4, 2020
This cannot be a coincidence, right? While Michigan is discussing there being a potential emergency rules enactment to speed up legal online sports betting in the state, DraftKings announced that it has a partnership with the Bay Mills Resort and Casino. Michigan is set to be a sports betting hotspot once legal sports betting is allowed from mobile devices, with Penn National Gaming properties and Barstool Sportsbook being in the state. DraftKings Sportsbook taking this next step will be big for the state, who plans to have plenty of operators available.
“We are excited about our new partnership with DraftKings,” said Bryan Newland, Tribal Chairman for the Bay Mills Indian Community. “Expanding on what entertainment options we can offer at Michigan’s longest operating gaming facility is always our goal. Our new on-site DraftKings Sportsbook will be one more great reason for Michiganders to vacation with us in the Upper Peninsula.”
Can I Bet on Sports Online in Michigan?
✂ The ribbon is ready to be cut at @BetMGM Sports Lounge! Join us at 1PM as we welcome sports betting to the state of Michigan.
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— MGM Grand Detroit (@MGMGrandDetroit) March 11, 2020
The answer is yes, you can legally bet on sports in Michigan at retail locations. The problem is during the coronavirus pandemic, the casinos are closed to the public and legal online sportsbooks are not yet allowed in the state. While the initial goal was January of 2021 for online sports betting in the state, the “emergency rules” carve out may allow for that to be expedited. If Michigan can allow mobile sports betting in the state before NFL and NCAAF season, there will be a lot of tax revenue for the state.
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