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Can I offer a sports betting product in Massachusetts? What are the requirements?

To offer a sports betting product in Massachusetts, you must obtain a Sports Wagering License from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, have your sports wagering equipment approved by a Commission-certified independent testing laboratory, and meet the requirements for a Sports Wagering Vendor License. Additionally, the Commission may conduct public meetings regarding sports wagering applications.Temporary Sports Wagering Vendor Licenses may be issued by the Commission upon petition by an Operator if the applicant meets certain requirements, including filing a completed application with the Commission and submitting all of the disclosure forms as required by the Division of Licensing. The Bureau may waive the requirement to submit application information for some or all of the Applicant’s individual and entity qualifiers prior to issuance of a Temporary License. The Operator must certify that the issuance of a temporary Sports Wagering Vendor License is necessary for the operation of Sports Wagering and is not designed to circumvent the normal licensing procedures. The proposed temporary Sports Wagering Vendor must meet the qualifications for licensure pursuant to 205 CMR 234.05 and the Operator must understand that it may be denied an Operator License if it has willfully, knowingly or intentionally provided false or misleading information regarding the proposed vendor [2.1].To establish individual qualifications for a Sports Wagering Vendor License, the Applicant and any Sports Wagering Vendor qualifier must provide clear and convincing evidence. The Bureau shall evaluate and consider the overall reputation of the Applicant and qualifiers, including, without limitation: the integrity, honesty, good character and reputation of the Applicant and qualifiers; the financial stability, integrity, and background of the Applicant and qualifiers; whether the Applicant and its qualifiers have a history of compliance with gaming and Sports Wagering licensing requirements in other jurisdictions; whether the Applicant or any qualifier, at the time of application, is a defendant in litigation; whether the Applicant is disqualified from receiving a license under 205 CMR 234.05(3); whether the Applicant or any qualifier has been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude; whether, and to what extent, the Applicant or any qualifier has associated with members of organized crime and other Persons of disreputable character; the extent to which the Applicant and qualifiers have cooperated with the Bureau in connection with the background investigation; and the integrity, honesty, and good character of any subcontractor. The Bureau and Commission shall deny an application for a Sports Wagering Vendor License if the Applicant or a qualifier has been convicted of a felony or other crime involving embezzlement, theft, fraud or perjury; submitted an application for a license under M.G.L. c. 23K, §§ 30, 31, 205 CMR 134.00: Licensing and Registration of Employees, Vendors, Junket Enterprises and Representatives, and Labor Organizations, M.G.L. c. 23N or 205 CMR 234.00 that willfully, knowingly or intentionally contains materially false or misleading information; committed prior acts which have not been prosecuted or in which the Applicant was not convicted, but which form a pattern of misconduct that makes the Applicant unsuitable for a license; or has Affiliates or Close Associates that would not qualify for a license or whose relationship with the Applicant may pose an injurious threat to the interests of the Commonwealth [2.2].A Sports Wagering License Application must be filed on or before any applicable deadline established by the Commission, if any, and pursuant to any instructions and process posted by the Commission on its website or in the application. The Commission may establish different deadlines for applications for different categories or groups of sports wagering licenses, or parts thereof. After an application deadline for any category or group of applications or parts thereof has passed, the Commission may establish a new application deadline for such applications or parts thereof. The Commission shall have no obligation to accept or review an incomplete application submitted by an established deadline or an application submitted after an established deadline except where permitted pursuant to 205 CMR 211.01(10): Extension of Time for Filing and 205 CMR 218.03(3) [1.3].