The launch of Rhode Island mobile sports betting may not happen until the end of the year, but it will likely start long before anything in Massachusetts.
The New England sports betting landscape is changing fast. Almost all of the area could have legal sports betting by the time the 2019 NFL season begins.
Rhode Island will become the first New England state to have sports betting when Twin River Casino starts taking bets on Nov. 26.
Rhode Island is arguing that legislation for building an Indian reservation and casino in Massachusetts will cost it millions.
A Rhode Island lawmaker plans to introduce an online lottery bill on Thursday. The bill is modeled after legislation passed in New Hampshire in 2017.
After Governor Gina Raimondo counted $23.5 million from sports betting in her budget, the RI Senate introduced legislation to legalize sports betting.
The Rhode Island legislature is considering online gambling as it faces a $60 million budget deficit this year and a projected $230 million shortfall next year.