Senate leader: Tennessee sports bets might not start by fall

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FILE – In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, betting odds are displayed on a board in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. A new poll finds that half of Americans approve of legal sports betting. The Fairleigh Dickinson University poll conducted shortly before the U.S. Supreme […]

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Senate leader says a slow start means the country’s first online-only sports betting law might not see its first wager until after the fall.

Republican Senate Speaker Randy McNally told reporters Thursday that he prefers waiting until all nine members of a new regulatory board are appointed before it establishes parameters for Tennessee sports betting. The law officially took effect July 1.

McNally and ex-GOP House Speaker Glen Casada have both appointed two of three board picks each. McNally voted against sports betting. Casada voted for it.

Republican Gov. Bill Lee hasn’t appointed any of his three selections. Lee voiced opposition to additional gambling and let the bill become law without his signature. He said he’s been given a wide selection of names and isn’t slowing down the process.

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