Michigan online sports betting is one step closer to a late 2020 or early 2021 launch.
State regulators advanced a final draft of online sports betting rules last week to a committee of Michigan lawmakers. If this panel takes no further action, the rules can then go to the secretary of state’s office and pass into law.
The Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, a group of five state senators and five state representatives, must have the rules for 15 legislative days unless the committee waives that requirement. Assuming no changes to the current calendar, 15 legislative days from when the committee received the rules would land just before the 2020 session expires in the third week of December.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) would then still need to license and verify online each sportsbook, which can’t be completed until after the rules are finalized.
Multiple brick-and-mortar sportsbooks have already opened, and most operators will have their online applications ready to go as soon as they can begin the licensing review process. MGCB Executive Director Richard Kalm said in a press release last month he was hoping for a late fall launch.
Still, the final licensing process can take several weeks. A more realistic Michigan online launch would most likely come in January, some time ahead of Super Bowl LV on Feb. 7, 2021 – and more than a year after online sports betting was passed into law.