The Mississippi Gaming Commission met Thursday for the first time since the United States Supreme Court’s ruling that lets states legalize sports betting.
Because a law is already on the books in Mississippi, the commission was able to take quick action on presenting proposed regulations. Those regulations are now out for public comment.
The 21 pages of proposed regulations are now out for public comment.
You'll have to go to one of the state's casinos to place your bets. Electronic wagering via a kiosk, for example, will be allowed.
But again, only if it's inside a casino. When will it be a go?
The public has 25 days to make comment. Then it would be 30 days after that. So, they're hoping it will have the green light by the start of football season at the latest.
The NCAA has said it's against the move, but the Mississippi Gaming Commission's Executive Director had this to say.
"Every game that is being played and bet on right now, they're being bet on in Las Vegas, they're being bet on illegally," said Allen Godfrey. "So what's the difference?"
Even before this formal public comment period, folks have been sounding off. Doug Colson is host of Mississippi Sports This Morning. They've already started getting "public comment" of their own.
"The feedback's been overall positive," said Colson. "There are some people skeptical whether much is going to change or they're skeptical it could bring in more of a crime element or think it could bring in more of a problem for sports."
But it's not an entirely new topic for Colson.
"I broached this topic like 15 years ago on the radio show and they almost ran me off the radio show," Colson explained. "So, attitudes have changed toward this. There's no question."
Still, talk of sports betting seems to open up another can of worms.
"A lot of our calls and texts seem to be about...well this is great but why can't we have a lottery?" said Colson.
The legislature still hasn't made any progress in legalizing a lottery.
To file a public comment on the proposed sports betting regulations, you can email Executive Director Allen Godfrey at Agodfrey@mgc.state.ms.us or send mail to P.O. Box 23577 Jackson, MS 39225-3577. The next commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 21.
Anyone is welcomed to attend that public meeting but any comment would need to be submitted in writing prior to that time.
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