Sports Betting Application Window To Open In Days; Still No Launch Date

Sterl Carpenter, deputy director of sports betting for The NC Lottery Commission, explained at a Wednesday meeting that sports betting operators, suppliers and service providers can begin the application process “ASAP” and as early as this Friday.

The news came at Wednesday’s NCLC Sports Betting Committee meeting, where Carpenter proposed applications and related forms for all NC sports betting entities.

The regulator also said Wednesday that the launch for online sports betting will not occur by the Feb. 11 Super Bowl. March Madness betting on the NCAA basketball tournament is also in question based on the timeline.

Application Availability

License applications could be available as early as Friday, Dec. 1, and will be posted no later than Monday, Dec. 4 on the NCLC’s gaming website,

The new site provides all legal gaming industry stakeholders a one-stop-shop for all important documentation and information. A licensing FAQ will also be posted on the website.

The commission will provide status updates to applicants during each stage of the licensing process. Each applicant will receive a checklist of what is required for a completed submission. Applications that submit incomplete applications will have 10 days to fix the deficiencies.

Carpenter also set a deadline of Dec. 27, 2023, for all applicants interested in launching on the yet-to-be-determined “go-live” date. Regulators will then have a 60-day window to approve operators for launch.

Amendments clarify application format

A series of amendments to the various licenses proposed during the Sports Betting Committee meeting clarified that only applications submitted through the portal at would be accepted. All scanned, handwritten or otherwise transcribed documents would be returned to the operator for resubmission.

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