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As Sports Betting Goes Live in Massachusetts, How Popular Will it Be in the State?

If you are in Massachusetts right now, you can finally legally place a sports bet as the state has passed the relevant legislation allowing the pastime. The question now is, how successful will the industry be in the Bay State?

The state clearly has a considerable affinity for sports, and there’s no shortage of big sporting teams and franchises, including, of course, the Boston Red Sox, the New England Patriots, and the Boston Celtics, and those who want to sign-up with a regulated provider currently have six options to select from.

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The brands that can take your bet include DraftKings, Caesars, BetMGM, FanDuel, WynnBET, and Barstool. Unsurprisingly these brands are rolling out big welcome offers to entice you in, and the market is expected to be very productive from the get-go. 

How popular could sports betting get in Massachusetts? Well, let’s take a look at the current leading states in terms of sports betting revenue for 2022.

These are the states with the highest revenue:

Arizona $636 million
Illinois $1.4 billion
Indiana $937 million
Michigan $789 million
Nevada $1.7 billion
New Jersey $1.6 billion
Pennsylvanian $1.5 billion
Tennessee $687 million
Virginia $803 million


Massachusetts is home to around 6.9 million residents, so in terms of similarly sized states, they may be expecting to secure a revenue somewhere in the region of Indiana, which currently sits in fifth place in terms of sports betting revenue generated.

The MGC (Massachusetts Gaming Commission) has approved a wealth of events that you can bet on if you are based in the state, and that is sure to help boost revenue that is generated, which in turn helps the authorities rake in massive sums in taxation.

Here’s a list of the sports you can back with a bet as of now.

Beyond football, basketball, hockey, and baseball, commissioners also approved wagering on an expansive list of other sports, including athletics, Australian rules football, badminton, biathlon, billiards, bowling, boxing, cricket, cycling, darts, disc, floorball, futsal, golf, handball, field hockey, lacrosse, mixed martial arts, racing, netball, pesapallo, rowing, rugby league, rugby union, sailing, snooker, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, volleyball, and water polo.

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