BOSTON (WPRI) — Sports bettors in Massachusetts will not be able to place a wager on this year’s Boston Marathon after a decision Thursday from the state’s gaming commission.
The panel voted 4-0 to reject a proposal submitted by DraftKings. A fifth commissioner was absent from the meeting.
“It’s not ready for prime time,” Commissioner Brad Hill said.
The online sportsbook sought to allow people to bet on the top 20 men and women running the race, along with an over/under on the winning time.
On Wednesday evening, the Boston Athletic Association, which oversees the marathon, objected to DraftKings’ request.
“Without time to undergo analysis and proper due diligence, we are concerned about how such an expedited approval would potentially impact the event,” BAA’s Scott Stover wrote in a letter shown at Thursday’s virtual meeting. “Until we can complete due diligence, our concerns include, but are not limited to, ensuring event security and potential influence on the outcome of the race.”
One of the commissioners expressed disappointment with the request being made so close to the marathon on April 17.
“The lack of timeliness really makes it impossible for them and they are in the last critical stages of planning,” said Commissioner Eileen O’Brien.
A spokesperson for DraftKings previously told Boston news outlets the event is already available for betting in Kansas, Oregon and Wyoming, where the company also operates.
Following the vote, 12 News reached out to DraftKings for comment and are awaiting their response.