Massachusetts loses to surrounding states in sports betting

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Baker has historically supported sports betting in Massachusetts.

Governor Charlie Baker tweeted his support for sports betting in Massachusetts on Sunday. David L Ryan/Globe Staff

Governor Charlie Baker has previously supported sports betting in Massachusetts, but the state has yet to legalize the practice.

On Sunday, Baker tweeted again his support for sports betting amid the Super Bowl, noting that Massachusetts is losing revenue to neighboring states.

“We introduced legislation in 2019 and again last year to make sports gaming legal,” Baker said tweeted. “MA loses to neighboring states, especially in big games.

“Have fun at the Super Bowl and let’s make sports games a reality!”

Baker, who announced in December that he would not seek re-election, said he reporter in the last month that the legalization of sports gambling is one of the issues he wants to underwrite before leaving office. A state representative said MassLive.com last July that it could generate up to $70 million in state tax revenue.

“I know it’s a difficult subject with many elements,” Baker said. “And of course it would be my hope that our colleagues in the House and Senate would find a way to get a ‘yes’ vote before the end of the legislature.”

Baker previously noted that Massachusetts residents can easily gamble … if they’re willing to travel outside of state lines.

“Right now, most New England states are either doing it or will soon,” Baker said in 2020. “And it seems to me like this is something that’s going to become available in most states … and people in Massachusetts should.” can play in Massachusetts.”

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