North Carolina Governor Schedules News Conference To Sign Sports Betting Bill

Written By Matthew Kredell on June 13, 2023
North Carolina Governor To Sign Sports Betting Bill Into Law

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper scheduled a news conference to sign sports betting legislation into law Wednesday at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.

Cooper sent an invitation to key lawmakers to attend the press conference from 11 a.m. to noon.

Rep. Jason Saine, the primary bill sponsor, told PlayUSA he would attend the news conference at Cooper’s invitation.

Sen. Jim Perry, who first sponsored sports betting legislation in North Carolina in 2021, told PlayUSA he will not attend the news conference because he is working on a tax package but that the governor did invite him.

The North Carolina governor is a Democrat while Republicans control the North Carolina legislature. But Cooper still wants to highlight the passage of sports betting, which he has long supported.

North Carolina sports betting legislation authorizes up to 14 online sports betting apps. It also includes parimutuel horse betting.

The bill was a bipartisan effort that passed the House 64-45 in March and the Senate 37-11 earlier this month. The House concurred with Senate changes last week by a 68-45 vote.

Spectrum Arena in line for sportsbook

The Spectrum Center is home to the Charlotte Hornets. Under HB 347, it’s one of eight North Carolina sports facilities that can partner with an operator to host a sportsbook.

The other sports venues that could have a sportsbook include:

  • Bank of America Stadium (Carolina Panthers and Charlotte FC)
  • PNC Arena (Carolina Hurricanes)
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway (NASCAR)
  • North Wilkesboro Speedway (NASCAR)
  • Quail Hollow Club (PGA Tour)
  • Sedgefield Country Club (PGA Tour)
  • Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park (North Carolina FC and North Carolina Courage)

North Carolina sports betting launch in 2024

North Carolina sports betting could start as soon as Jan. 8. But lawmakers gave the North Carolina Lottery Commission up to one year to have the market ready for launch.

With Cooper signing the bill into law Wednesday, the commission will have until June 13, 2024, to produce regulations and issue licenses.

But the commission likely will shoot for earlier in the year to have betting for the Super Bowl and March Madness.

Photo by Karl B DeBlaker/AP photo; illustrated by PlayUSA
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Matthew Kredell serves as senior lead writer of legislative affairs involving online gambling at PlayUSA. He began covering efforts to legalize and regulate online gambling in 2007 after federal passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act disrupted his hobby of playing small-stakes online poker. He has since interviewed more than 300 lawmakers around the country and written extensively about online gambling legislation. He has led coverage of bills to legalize online gambling in most states. A lifelong Angeleno and USC journalism alum, Matthew started his career working as a sportswriter for a decade at the Los Angeles Daily News. He has written on a variety of topics for Playboy Magazine, Men’s Journal, Los Angeles magazine, LA Weekly and

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