Sportsbook Operators Making Progress in North Carolina

Eight more sportsbook operators are working with specialists to meet requirements and obtain licenses in North Carolina ahead of the deadline on March 1 and the state launch on March 11.

Feb 19, 2024 • 16:20 ET • 4 min read
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Eight legal sports betting operators are moving toward obtaining licenses in the Tar Heel State.

Based on an update during the North Carolina Lottery Commission’s sports betting committee meeting, sportsbooks are working with assigned specialists to meet 15 requirements to be granted a certificate of compliance by March 1. 

“They’re all moving toward checking off several of these items within the next two weeks,” said Sterl Carpenter, North Carolina’s Deputy Executive of Gaming Compliance and Sports Betting. “We hope to have all of them done and they hope to be allowed to meet that March 1 deadline for their signing up of applicants.”

Nine operators have applied in North Carolina. The eight that are working toward the March 11 launch of online sports betting are DraftKings, FanDuel, Fanatics, BetMGM, Caesars, bet365, ESPN BET, and Underdog. Two Kings Catawba is looking to join online operations at a later date. 

Carpenter noted operators who can’t check off the requirements before March 11 can do so up to and after the launch date. 

Seven sports betting suppliers were approved earlier this month. Carpenter said more were expected to receive provisional or full licenses in the coming days. 

Self-exclusion program passes

North Carolina residents who do not want to participate in sports betting will have an easy way to opt out. 

The sports betting committee also passed a recommendation for a single-form self-exclusion program so customers won’t have to contact sportsbooks individually. 

North Carolina residents can opt out of or take breaks from being able to deposit funds in sportsbooks and receive sports betting marketing online and in-person at a lottery claim center. 

If passed by the lottery commission, self-exclusions can begin on March 11. 

Other business

Carpenter revealed a new complaint form on Monday while the sports betting committee approved three proposed compliance forms for operators and an agreement that will require tribal nations wanting to do business outside of their reservations to abide by N.C. laws and regulations. 

Both of these recommendations will also need to be passed by the lottery commission, which is scheduled to meet Wednesday. 

The operations and personnel committee met earlier Monday to approve a policy that prohibits lottery employees, commissioners, and immediate family members from wagering on sports and horse racing in North Carolina and any other states where Tar Heel State sportsbooks operate.

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