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First Set of Betting Rules Approved by North Carolina

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North Carolina is on the verge of introducing sports betting, but fans must be patient for a few more months before they can start placing bets. The state is making steady progress and the North Carolina State Lottery Commission agreed to the first package of rules on Thursday, November 16.

Legislative and Regulatory Milestones

On June 8, the NC General Assembly passed an act that paves the way for betting on a variety of sports and horse racing, alongside authorizing live horse racing in the state. This legislative action set the stage for the development of a regulatory framework, crucial for the launch of sports betting, and the act designated the North Carolina State Lottery Commission as the state’s gambling regulator.

Significant progress was made on October 17, when the commission put forth its first draft of rules, inviting public feedback. This was followed by the Sports Betting Committee's favorable vote on November 14 for the adoption of these rules. Finally, on November 16, the commission unanimously approved Rulemaking Package #1, albeit with some amendments and changes. Despite this milestone, the implementation of these rules is scheduled for January 8.

The commission has indicated that a second set of rules, currently under public review, might bring modifications to the initial package. This first set, covering various aspects, including advertising practices, is accessible for download from the commission's website.

Related: North Carolina Casino Effort Losing Legislative Support

Public Involvement and Future Prospects

Public engagement in this process continues. The Sports Betting Committee conducted a public meeting on November 7 to progress the rulemaking for the second batch of sports betting rules. Public input is welcomed until November 27, with a public hearing slated for November 20 to gather more comments.

Despite these developments, the actual launch of sports betting in North Carolina will not coincide with the rule implementation date of January 8. The target date for launch is set for June 15. North Carolina is poised to emerge as a key betting hub in the US. Nevertheless, plans for expanding the gambling sector, including the proposal to open four new casinos, are meeting considerable opposition. This expansion faced a recent setback with a lawsuit challenging the rezoning of land in Rockingham County for a casino.

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