The state of New Hampshire legalized sports betting earlier this summer, but there hasn’t been a lot of information about it since that date. New Hampshire was hoping to get things up and running before the start of the 2019 NFL season, but now lawmakers are hoping to get things launched before the end of 2019.
Sports betting in the state of New Hampshire was back in the news last week as a vote was held to decide on the possibility of legalizing retail sportsbooks. There were several cities throughout the state that had the decision up to them, and now it looks like retail sportsbooks will be coming to New Hampshire in the very near future.
It looked as if New Hampshire was going to be joining the sports betting industry at some point in the year 2019, but things took a lot longer than expected. New Hampshire had some intense battles to figure out what company was going to be in charge of launching sports betting, and it also took them longer to get license applications out and approved.
All of that has now been settled and decided, and sports betting should be coming to New Hampshire in early 2020.
Five Cities Vote To Allow Retail Sportsbooks
New Hampshire wanted to bring sports betting to more locations than just casinos and online, but they were going to leave the decision up to their local communities. There were nine cities with the opportunity to legalize retail sportsbooks during a vote in early November, and five of the cities took advantage of that opportunity.
The five cities that legalized retail sportsbooks were Berlin, Claremont, Laconia, Manchester, and Somersworth, and now they are in line to bring in a ton of revenue once sports betting is launched in the state.
The city of Franklin also voted to bring in a retail sportsbook, but that decision was made during a vote in October. The capital city of Concord, NH, was one of the most prominent cities that voted against the measure.
State law allowed for up to 10 retail sportsbooks to be launched within the state of New Hampshire, and these cities are in line for one or more sportsbooks. The online betting companies will be the ones that get to choose where to open and operate, but their choices have been narrowed.
DraftKings Taking Control Of NH Sports Betting
In other sports betting news in New Hampshire, DraftKings has won the battle to operate and control the sports betting industry in the state. New Hampshire was taking applications for both retail and mobile sports betting licenses, and there were plenty of companies that applied.
DraftKings Sportsbook had the best score in both retail and mobile categories and could be in line to dominate the sports betting scene in New Hampshire. It was anticipated that DraftKings would be given one or the other, but they should get a license in both categories.
DraftKings offered New Hampshire a deal that appears to be too good to be true, and that is what sold state lawmakers. The daily fantasy sports company is willing to give the state 51 percent of sports betting revenue, which is more than 30 percent more than the second-best offer.