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Senate leader: Tennessee sports bets might not start by fall

Tennessee’s Senate leader says a slow start means the country’s first online-only sports betting law might not see its first wager until after the f...

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Senate leader says aslow start means the country’s first online-only sports betting law might notsee its first wager until after the fall.

Republican Senate Speaker Randy McNally told reportersThursday that he prefers waiting until all nine members of a new regulatoryboard are appointed before it establishes parameters for Tennessee sportsbetting. The law officially took effect July 1.

McNally and ex-GOP House Speaker Glen Casada have bothappointed two of three board picks each. McNally voted against sports betting.Casada voted for it.

Republican Gov. Bill Lee hasn’t appointed any of his threeselections. Lee has voiced opposition to additional gambling and let the billbecome law without his signature. He said he’ll appoint members in the comingweeks and isn’t slowing down the process.

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