Written by Brian Murphy, reporter for WRAL.
Residents of North Carolina who enjoy placing bets on sports will not have the option to legally bet on the 2024 Super Bowl using their mobile devices within the state.
At the conclusion of Wednesday’s commission meeting, Ripley Rand, the chairman of the North Carolina Lottery Commission, revealed this information.
The commission has stated that sports betting will not be available on Jan. 8, which is the earliest date permitted by North Carolina’s sports betting legislation. The commission has until June 14 to initiate sports betting in the state.
The date of the Super Bowl is February 11th.
Rand stated that they are aiming to announce a date soon.
At its meeting on Wednesday, the commission approved application forms for operators. The first deadline for applications, which are anticipated to be released later this week, is December 27th.
The commission has a total of 90 days to conduct background checks and other necessary tasks on the applicants, with the option to extend by 30 days.
Sterl Carpenter, responsible for sports betting at the lottery, stated that we are requesting potential sports wagering operators to submit their applications to the commission before December 27th. By doing this, their applications can begin the 60-day period for approval of their license and they will be eligible for consideration for our launch date.
In order to apply for a license, sports betting companies in North Carolina are required to acquire a “written designation agreement” from specific sports teams, leagues or facilities. This provision was included in the state’s legislation a few months after the initial gambling law was approved.
The Charlotte Hornets have revealed that Bet365 will serve as their official partner for mobile sports betting. It is anticipated that other teams, leagues, or venues will also announce partnerships with operators in the near future.
At present, three tribal casinos in the western region of the state have legalized sports betting.