Massachusetts: Legislature Moves Closer To ‘Ceding Control’ Of Racing Over To Gaming Commission

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is urging state lawmakers to approve a proposed bill that would give the commission broader powers to regulate the racing industry – which commission members believe would help ease tensions between the “warring factions” within the industry.

WBUR.org reports that Gaming Commission chairman Stephen Crosby is encouraging legislators to approve a bill (S 175) which would give the commission “broader powers to regulate the racing industry and pass regulations — including the assignment of simulcasting rights — they feel are in the best interests of the industry’s development.”

According to WBUR, the proposed bill would repeal the current laws governing racing, simulcasting and wagering and “direct the commission to promulgate regulations for the industry.”

“Particularly with respect to Thoroughbred racing, if we don’t get the tools to bring all the parties together and use the levels of muscle, which are the revenue streams … then I’m afraid we’ll be stuck where we’ve been for the last umpteen years, which is an internal war in the industry and not being able to come together with a comprehensive strategy,” Crosby said.

Read more at WBUR.org

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