Sports bettors in North Carolina cannot legally bet on the 2024 Super Bowl in the state from their mobile devices.
North Carolina Lottery Commission Chairman Ripley Rand made the announcement at the end of Wednesday’s commission meeting.
The commission previously announced that sports betting would not go online on Jan. 8, the first date permitted under North Carolina sports betting law. The commission has until June 14 to introduce sports betting in the state.
The Super Bowl takes place on February 11th.
“We hope to announce a date in the near future,” Rand said.
The commission approved application forms for operators at its meeting on Wednesday. The first application deadline, expected to be available later this week, is December 27th.
From that date, the Commission has 60 days to conduct background checks and other work on applicants. This can be extended for another 30 days.
“We are asking our prospective sports bettors to complete and submit their applications to the commission by December 27,” said Sterl Carpenter, who oversees the lottery’s sports betting operations. “That way, their applications can start the 60-day window for license approval and they could be considered for our go-live date.”
Sports betting operators in North Carolina must obtain a “written designation agreement” from certain sports teams, leagues or entities in order to apply for a license. The feature was added to the state budget several months after the original gambling law was passed.
The Charlotte Hornets announced that Bet365 will be their official mobile sports betting partner. Additional franchises, leagues or venues are expected to announce their partnerships with operators soon.
Sports betting is currently legal at three tribal casinos in the western part of the state.