License Review for Raynham Park Again Is Delayed

License Review for Raynham Park Again Is Delayed
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

The latest retail Massachusetts sportsbook license hearing has hit a snag.

During the third day of hearings on Thursday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) voted to delay the retail Massachusetts sportsbook license review for Raynham Park (Caesars Sportsbook) for another two weeks.

The delay was prompted over a request made by Raynham Park's parent company - Massasoit Greyhound Association (MGA) - to withdraw Christopher Carney as a qualifier. That move was filed last Thursday.

MGA asked that Carney and a trust involving Carney be withdrawn as an applicant after a report was issued by the Investigation and Enforcement Bureau (IEB). Thursday's request came despite two previous hearings (June 12, June 20) that were held. 

For now, we continue to speculate when Raynham Park may go live.

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Sports Betting Bill Passed One Year Ago

Today’s hearing came on the one-year anniversary of the Massachusetts legislature passing a bill that legalized sports betting in the Commonwealth. The state went on to have a successful launch, and now has eight total sportsbooks, all of which are offering Massachusetts sports betting promos
The next chance for the sportsbook license to be approved will be Thursday, Aug. 18 (10 a.m.). 
It is still on track to open in early fall of this year. 
Raynham Park would be the fourth retail sportsbook in the state. 
The first three: Encore Boston Harbor (WynnBET Massachusetts), Plainridge Park (Barstool Sports) and MGM Springfield (BetMGM) launched on Jan. 31. 
Mobile sports betting followed thereafter on March 10.

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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