Dont expect Massachusetts to legalize sports betting until at least 2019. Particularly if Gov. Charlie Baker has anything to say about it. The May 14 Supreme Court decision to repeal a federal ban on sports gambling gave all 50 states the right to legalize sports betting inside their borders. In the first week of June, Delaware and New Jersey became the first two states outside of Nevada to launch full-fledged legal and regulated sports betting. There are also a handful of other states poised to do the same after previously passing sports betting legislation pending a change in federal law. Massachusetts is not one of them and state lawmakers appear to be in no hurry to pass any kind of sports betting legislation. Too much on the states plate Baker told the Boston Herald theres already too much on state legislators agendas to think sports betting can be dealt with right now: Baker did say lawmakers would likely be working to write a sports betting bill over the next few months. The goal would be to handle it in the first legislative session in 2019: Work underway on 2019 betting bill State Rep. Joseph Wagner, who chairs of the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies is expected to lead House on the issue. He is on record that work has already begun on a sports betting bill. House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo already said it wont come up before this latest legislative session ends next month. However, James Chisholm, a spokesman for Boston-based daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings, told the Boston Herald it makes sense to do the work on the bill now. Plus, even if its not going to be dealt with immediately, DraftKings is here to help: DFS and sports betting Massachusetts legislators passed a law regulating daily fantasy sports in 2016. Under the current agreement, fantasy sports operators arent paying any special taxes or fees to the state. However, that deal expires later this year. The state and DFS operators are in the process of renegotiating. In the meantime, DraftKings and FanDuel, the other top site in the daily fantasy sports industry, have both made inroads into New Jerseys new sports betting industry. Now it appears DraftKings wants in Massachusetts sports betting as well. The Boston Herald also says lobbyists representing major sports leagues like the NBA, MLB and PGA have descended upon the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill. Major sports leagues want a piece Lobbyist Steven Panagiotakos is hoping to convince state lawmakers the leagues deserves a piece of any Massachusetts sports betting pie: Major sports leagues have been pushing for integrity fees like this across the country. So far they have found little success. The fee has never existed in Nevada. Plus, Delaware and New Jersey have now launched sports betting operations without it. Massachusetts lawmakers passed the Expanded Gaming Act in 2011. This allowed Penn National Gaming to open up the the states first casino in 2015. It also allowed two competitors for the Plainridge Park Casino to enter the market. The $950 million MGM Springfield is scheduled to open on Aug. 24, 2018. Additionally, the $2.4 billion Encore Boston Harbor (formerly Wynn Boston Harbor) is scheduled to open in 2019. Representatives from all three have said theyd like to see the state legalize sports betting. Plus, they would consider opening up sportsbooks at the casinos.