Connecticut Issues Provisional Daily Fantasy Sports Licenses

Connecticut Daily Fantasy Sports

  • Connecticut Issues Provisional Daily Fantasy Sports Licenses
  • Tribal Gaming Compacts Recently Amended to Include Sports Betting
  • These Provisional Licenses Expire on One of Two Dates

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Connecticut Issues Provisional Daily Fantasy Sports Licenses

On July 1, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced that the state Department of Consumer Protection has issued provisional licenses for the operation of daily fantasy sports in the nutmeg state.

These temporary licenses were given to three existing entities in the state including its two federally recognized tribes – the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan – as well as the Connecticut Lottery Corporation.

The actual recipients of the licenses are MPTN CT Fantasy LLC, a wholly-owned affiliate of the Mashantuckets, and MGA Technology DFS LLC, a wholly owned affiliate of the Mohegans.

Now the state’s tribes will be permitted to operate daily fantasy betting off their reservations, and they will be able to contract with any individual or entity to operate fantasy sports in the state as long as the entity holds a valid license in another state and pays Connecticut for any past operations.

Tribal Gaming Compacts Recently Amended to Include sports betting

Back in early 2021, a new gaming compact was made and approved between the state of Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Indians, a deal that is still awaiting federal approval.

Then in May 2021, the state Legislature approved House Bill (HB) 6451, a Connecticut sports betting bill that was signed into law which allows Gov. Lamont to amend tribal gaming compacts to include retail and online sports betting.

These moves paved the way for the daily fantasy provisional licenses just issued and will help Connecticut keep pace with its gambling neighbors – Rhode Island, New York, and Delaware – states that have all successfully passed their own sports betting bills.

Governor Lamont told the local media:

This short-term step allows for the continuation of fantasy sports in Connecticut as we continue to move forward to modernize our gaming landscape in Connecticut.

These Provisional Licenses Expire on One of Two Dates

These provisional licenses are set to expire on whichever of these dates come first – either September 30, 2021 or else whatever date the more comprehensive licenses provided for in the new law are actually issued.

In the meantime, the Mashantucket has contracted with DraftKings Sportsbook, which was required to pay $832,383 to Connecticut, while the Mohegans have contracted with FanDuel, which had to pay the state $325,915.

So far, the state lottery has yet to enter into a contract with a fantasy sports operator but that should be just a matter of time since potential money is lost every day they wait to make such a deal.

All this is good news for gamblers in the Constitution State who have been awaiting patiently for their new gambling law to be fully implemented, with Gov. Lamont seeing this as a positive move forward in his quest to bring legalized sports betting to Connecticut.

Thanks to our partnership with the Mohegan Tribe, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, and the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, our state will have a competitive, and nation-leading model for wagering both in-person and online.

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