As North Carolina continues down the road to legalized sports betting, regulators and operators are working to launch North Carolina sports betting in a responsible and timely manner. This week, the North Carolina Lottery Commission announced a meeting for Wednesday, Jan. 24th to discuss the latest updates on licensing and plans to announce an official launch date for North Carolina betting apps and online sportsbooks.

With the state’s June 15th, 2024 deadline for launch fast approaching, residents have grown antsy to begin legally betting on sports. However, the multi-month process is evidence that regulators aim to properly vet operators and technology while prioritizing responsibility, according to NCWager.

“We see this in every state and province where they are introducing a new online sports betting market,” Schoch said. “Regulators want to get it right, and part of that is being confident the legwork can be done by a certain date before announcing it.”

While bettors are disappointed to miss this football season, the North Carolina sportsbook promos and bonuses will be worth the wait. Top sportsbooks like BetMGM North Carolina plan to offer new customers in the state up to $1,000 in free bets with the BetMGM North Carolina bonus code.

With the recommended Jan. 26th deadline imminent for operators to submit their internal controls and systems for approval, this week’s North Carolina Lottery Commission meeting may finally announce the official launch date. If operators meet all regulatory requirements in the state’s expedited 60-day review timeline, North Carolina sports betting could go live in late Spring 2023, just in time for the MLB and NBA seasons.

After more than seven months into North Carolina’s regulatory launch process, regulators aim to take the necessary time to ensure a responsible sports betting market that protects consumers. While eager bettors will unfortunately miss out on betting during football season, the wait will be well worth it to partake legally and safely.

✅ Fact Checked on January 24, 2024 by Ken Weaver