Massachusetts regulator fines Fanatics $10,000

May 24, 2024
By
Leer en Español

The commission determined that the sportsbook accepted an illegal wager on a college football game.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has issued a $10,000 fine against Fanatics for accepting a wager on a Boston College game. The regular determined during a recent meeting that the bet violated the state’s sports betting rules.

According to the current laws on the books, the state regulator “strictly prohibits bets on in-state college teams unless they are participating in a larger tournament, such as March Madness.”

The commission outlined the specifics of Fanatics’ violation during the meeting and said that the sportsbook took a bet from a customer in December. The player placed a $50 wager on the Eagles when the team took on Southern Methodist University during the Wasabi Fenway Bowl.

The regulator went on to state that the sportsbook self-reported the incident to the commission “within 24 hours.” Fanatics’ sportsbook also canceled the bet and returned the money to the customer.

However, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission found that accepting the bet on a December collegiate football game violated regulatory gaming rules and voted 4 to 0 to enforce the fine.

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Interim Chair Jordan Maynard said that the commission handled the incident well.

This is not the first time the commission has cracked down on operators accepting bets of this nature.

Encore Boston Harbor received a $40,000 fine earlier this year after the commission determined that the casino’s sportsbook “accepted wagers on two events involving a collegiate team based in Massachusetts not competing in a tournament.”

The state regulator, along with Investigations and Enforcement Bureau, looked into the incident after Encore offered players a chance to bet on a regular season game women’s basketball game between Boston College and the University of North Carolina.

According to Massachusetts General Law Chapter 23N Section 3 and the Massachusetts Sports Wagering Catalog, wagers like this are prohibited.

State-by-State

Product Spotlight

Konami

Things get unruly in the company of some fleecy characters in the new Konami Gaming’s new Unwooly Riches slot series.
GA HUDDLE #092

The top 5 properties that changed Las Vegas

Regular Gaming America contributor Oliver Lovat joins Tim Poole on the Huddle to discuss his 5 properties that changed Las Vegas - giving every resorts an influence rating out of 10. The question is: do you agree?

GA HUDDLE #091

Peter Schoenke - Sports betting is here... but fantasy sports keeps growing

Peter Schoenke joins Tim Poole on the Huddle to discuss all things fantasy sports. His brand, RotoWire, is at the intersection of the affiliate and fantasy worlds, generating revenue from subscriptions, providing APIs to operators and via affiliate marketing. We discuss:


Within the states of Florida and California, Tribal gaming finds itself in a fascinating position. In Florida, only the Seminole Tribe, and Hard Rock, can provide mobile sports betting, with continued legal challenges f...

view-points
Viewpoints: Discussing the use of player loyalty programs
Industry experts answer Gaming America's burning questions on all things related to Tribal operators and player loyalty programs, including Rymax, CasinoTrac, OIGA, Mohegan and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
52-54-fabio-ferreira
Sports betting regulation in Brazil: What can we expect?
Mattos Filho's Fabio Kujawski speaks to Gaming America about the uncertainty surrounding Brazil's roadmap to regulation and the need for a singular gaming authority.
companies-going-private
Going private: Gaming's new standard?
A state of neo-IPO: Gaming America investigates, as more and more companies come off the public market.
46-47-michael-hershman
Soloviev Group CEO: Moving to New York
The Soloviev Group, in collaboration with Mohegan, continues to wait on the NYGC for approval on its Freedom Plaza project. Gaming America spoke with Soloviev Group CEO Michael Hershman to learn more.