Tennessee To Hold Hearing On Sports Gaming Act Legislation

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Tennessee state representatives have scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, March 10, over potentially amending various provisions of the Sports Gaming Act.

Lawmakers have proposed a series of amendments under House Bill 2844, legislation designed to alter the 2019 law. The House bill syncs with Senate Bill 2216, a proposed Senate measure filed last month that would give more responsibility to the Sports Wagering Advisory Council.

The process to launch sports betting in the Volunteer State has come in fits and starts, with the Sports Wagering Advisory Council and the Tennessee Education Lottery having conducted public meetings since November to help write regulations for the industry. The Tennessee Education Lottery’s Sports Wagering Advisory Council is holding a meeting at the same time legislators review the legislation in the House’s Departments and Agencies Subcommittee.

HB 2814 changes

There are proposed amendments that look to further shift the onus of responsibility to the Sports Wagering Advisory Council, which allows it to “enforce” and “supervise compliance” regarding laws and regulations on sports betting. In turn, another section notes that the corporation shall “assist the council regarding enforcement” and “advise the council of best practices” when it comes to sports wagering.

The betting community has been anxious in waiting for Tennessee, which will be the first internet-only sports betting industry because the state has no casinos. That has been the primary cause for the deliberate pace in bringing the Sports Gaming Act live, as the TEL and the Council have worked and revised rules packages on a constant basis.

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Chris Altruda

Chris Altruda has been a sportswriter with ESPN, The Associated Press, and STATS over more than two decades. He recently expanded into covering sports betting and gambling around the Midwest.

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