Virginia rolls out initial sports betting rules. Big gambling platforms push back. – Virginia Mercury

Virginia rolls out initial sports betting rules. Big gambling platforms push back. – Virginia Mercury

The deal that brought the Washington Redskins summer training camp to Richmond cost the city more than $11 million. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)
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Sports betting hasn’t arrived in Virginia in time for the start of the NFL season, but state officials are fine-tuning the rules for how the newly legalized industry will work when it starts up in early 2021.

This year, the General Assembly passed a bill authorizing the Virginia Lottery to grant between four and 12 sports betting licenses, greenlighting a type of gambling projected to generate up to $55 million in state tax revenue per year. 

Sports betting in Virginia will start online, largely through mobile apps. However, it could eventually expand to the brick-and-mortar casinos being planned in several cities and the Rosie’s gambling establishments operated by Colonial Downs.

The Lottery is currently working through a public review of its proposed sports betting regulations, which could determine how quickly the industry takes off in the state and what Virginia bettors will see when the apps are launched.

During the review process, several big-name sports betting operators have taken issue with some of the consumer protection measures and other rules state officials are proposing.

The potential sticking points include:

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