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Betting on College Basketball Massachusetts

Massachusetts sports fans will soon be able to place bets on professional sporting events but lawmakers appear reluctant to allow wagers on college basketball games.

Massachusetts is expected to allow adults to place wagers on sporting events in person and online but don’t expect to be able to bet on Boston College games just yet. The current bills being discussed in the state legislature would prohibit any bets on amateur sporting events, which includes college sports, high school sports, and possibly even some Olympics events.

The final details are yet to be ironed out and there has been a push among some lawmakers to include college sports betting in the bill. Proponents argue that people are already betting on college games and the state should regulate and tax those wagers. For the time being though, Boston College fans are not expected to be able to place bets on their team.

NCAAB betting in Massachusetts

NCAAB Betting Massachusetts

Massachusetts has joined a growing number of states moving forward with sports betting legalization after the Supreme Court lifted a decades-long ban on sports betting outside of Nevada in 2018. Early-adopting states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania have already seen millions in revenue for public projects since their regulations went into effect and New England neighbors New Hampshire and Rhode Island have recently approved their own legalization bills.

Massachusetts is the latest state to move ahead with several bills that would legalize sports betting across the state, including one introduced by Governor Charlie Baker, who is a strong supporter of betting legalization. Though the bills have been stuck in the legislature for months, Baker says he is confident the state will legalize sports wagers by summer of 2020.

As things stand, the state would allow existing casinos, like the recently built MGM and Wynn casinos, to offer sports betting at their physical locations and online. The state is also expected to allow a small number of daily fantasy sports operators like FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings to launch mobile betting platforms.

Though there has been a push among some lawmakers to include college sports betting, it doesn’t appear that they will be included. Fans will be able to bet on pro games but not college or high school games. Athletes, coaches, referees, and other sports workers will be barred from betting on games. Otherwise, you just need to be 21 years or older and be located in the state to place a bet once everything is set up.

NCAAB Odds Massachusetts

Some states, like New Jersey, have legalized college sports betting but ban wagers on games involving New Jersey colleges or games that take place in the state. It’s possible that Massachusetts will revise their framework to include out-of-state college games.

College basketball betting is just like the pros. Most bets are placed on the point spread, which is the margin of victory the favorite must win by in order to win the bet. So if Boston College is a -7 favorite, they must win by 8 or more points for your bet to win. If they are a +5 underdog, they can lose by up to 4 points and your bet would still win.

You can also place bets on the moneyline, which denotes the ratio between your wager and the payout. So if BC is a -120 favorite, you would need to bet $120 to win $100. If BC is a +130 underdog, your $100 bet would win $130.

Sportsbooks also allow you to bet on the over/under and many offer live in-game betting, prop bets, and futures bets.