Connecticut proves to be a popular target for sports gambling operators
By Bob Garcia
The state has received 15 requests from operators as it looks to fill 12 spots
It has been noted that many applicants seeking to compete to manage the launch of sports betting currently have their sights set on Connecticut should this legislation become a reality. According to Connecticut Lottery Corp. reports, it has counted at least 15 entities with this intention. All were able to respond to the agency’s request for qualifications, which aims to seek “experienced sports betting solution providers for online and retail sports betting systems and services.”
All respondents will go through a filter of presentations to the Connecticut Lottery in order to see if they truly meet the agency’s standards and desires. Should they move forward with the process, finalists will be invited to a panel so they can present their formal business plans. Rob Simmelkjaer, president of Connecticut Lottery Corp. said, “We are pleased to see significant interest from companies willing to partner with the CLC to bring our online and retail sports betting offerings to market. Our staff and board will now begin a process of carefully reviewing the qualifications of the presenting parties as we work to choose the right partner in this important initiative for our state.”
The legalization of regulated sports betting and online gaming has taken several years to finally see the light of day in this state. However, Governor Ned Lamont was able to sign an agreement with the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribal nations last month, and everything seems to be on the right track now. The agreement is now awaiting the green light required by the General Assembly and the US Department of the Interior.