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Proposed Indiana Sports Betting Rules Now Under Review

As Indiana moves forward with implementing sports betting in time for the NFL season, the Indiana Gaming Commission has published proposed regulations which are now open for public review. Among the planned rules is a contingency that pro sports leagues and the NCAA can ask the IGC to use geofence technology to prohibit wagers at select sporting events if the contest’s integrity is in question.

The gaming commission would consider creating a mobile blackout at a venue under these conditions:

  • Information indicating a specific and credible threat to the integrity of sports wagering at the particular location of the sporting event which is beyond the control of the sports governing body to preemptively remedy or mitigate
  • Confirmation from a geofence service provider licensed by the commission establishing that utilization of a geofence to prohibit wagers at the location of the particular sporting event has been executed
  • An evaluation that no other means exist to remedy or mitigate the specific risk to sports wagering at the location of the particular sporting event and that geofencing is the only appropriate measure to address the issue.

Before taking such measures, the gaming commission will utilize an “independent monitoring provider” and other jurisdictions.

The rules also formalize the betting operation’s framework from the final law signed into law by Gov. Eric Holcomb in May.

Included in the regulations:

  • Operators and vendors will pay a non-refundable $100,000 application fee with $50,000 annual renewals; sportsbetting providers will pay $10,000.
  • A temporary wagering license will be granted after the fee is paid and a sports betting proposal submitted.
  • Sports betting applicants must have a $500,000 cash reserve and partner with an integrity monitor provider who is required to report unusual activity.

The public can submit comments on the proposed regulations until Aug. 1. The gaming commission is expected to approve or disapprove the regulations at its scheduled meeting on Aug. 28.

Other particulars about Indiana sports betting to be aware of:

  • There is no requirement to use official league data and the gaming commission declined to make that mandatory, leaving leagues and operators to make their own decisions.
  • There will be a 9.5 percent tax rate on adjusted gross revenue.

Statewide mobile betting will be allowed but will likely not launch on Sept. 1. Online and mobile betting will need required testing before sportsbooks can go live on computers and smartphones. Bettors will be allowed to register remotely, eliminated the need to sign up at a casino.