Lame: Boston Marathon Betting Bid Nixed By Mass. Gaming Commission

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The Massachusetts Gaming Commission got on its high horse Thursday by voting down Boston-based DraftKings Sportsbook‘s request to accept bets on the 2023 Boston Marathon.

Due to its traditions, duration, and qualification-based entry system, the Boston Marathon has established itself as the premier event in the sport of road racing. The Boston Marathon was originally a local event, but its fame and status have attracted runners from all over the world.

An excerpt DraftKings Sportsbook’s betting request to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, courtesy of

DraftKings hoped to book action for the 127th annual Boston Marathon on Monday, April 17. Until the Boston Athletic Association wrote a letter whining about this to the Mass. Gaming Commission and it got shot down, decisively.

Boo, the Massholes of the BAA who are degen-shaming would-be marathon gamblers. So someone wants to get action on the Boston Marathon. What’s the big deal? There are dumber things to bet on.

I view gambling on track and field or a marathon similar to drinking hard seltzer. As in, I’m very against it but I’m not going to shame others for drinking that nonsense. You want to gamble on a stupid foot race? Whatever.

The amount of other events you can gamble on at DraftKings is ridiculous. Or other U.S. sportsbooks for that matter. I’m talking Cornhole, the Academy Awards, European Handball, something called “Snooker”, etc.

A general view of the Fenway Park video board message "Mile 27 Boston Marathon Post-Race Party" greeting 2022 Boston Marathon runners and guests.
A general view of the Fenway Park video board message “Mile 27 Boston Marathon Post-Race Party” greeting 2022 Boston Marathon runners and guests. (Erica Denhoff/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Boston Marathon runs on Patriot Day, which is a Beantown holiday and this kind of a buzzkill. Along with the race, the Red Sox host the LA Angels at Fenway Park for a 11:10 a.m. ET first pitch.

Also, the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs start that Monday and the Boston Bruins have home-ice in the playoffs. It’ll be an awesome sports day in Boston that could be made awesome-r if the Mass. Gaming Commission weren’t such curmudgeons.

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Written by Geoff Clark

Geoff Clark serves as OutKick’s sports betting guru. As a writer and host of OutKick Bets with Geoff Clark, he dives deep into the sports betting landscape and welcomes an array of sports betting personalities on his show to handicap America’s biggest sporting events.

Previously, Clark was a writer/podcaster for USA TODAY's Sportsbook Wire website, handicapping all the major sports tentpoles with a major focus on the NFL, NBA and MLB.

Clark graduated from St. John University.

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