Michigan Moves Sports Betting Timeline

Gaming regulators in Michigan will hold a hearing September 23 to determine the rules that govern sports betting and iGaming. A number of sportsbook operators are ready to go, including BetMGM, DraftKings and FanDuel.

Michigan Moves Sports Betting Timeline

Michigan gaming regulators announced a September 23 public hearing on its draft online sports betting regulations, initially published in August. Because of Covid-19, the hearing will be virtual through the use of Microsoft Teams.

Michigan Gaming Control Board estimates online sportsbooks and casinos could be ready to take bets in the first quarter of 2021, according to Sports Handle.

The draft rules establish a framework for a secure, responsible, fair, and legal system of internet gaming and internet sports betting. The systems are designed to protect participants and capture revenue in the form of taxes and payments.

A number of sportsbook players have agreements in place, or relationships for sportsbooks to go online. They include BetMGM (MGM Grand Detroit), DraftKings Sportsbook (Bay Mills Indian Community), FanDuel Sportsbook (MotorCity Casino), FOX Bet (Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Gaming Authority), and PointsBet Sportsbook (Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians).