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Gov’t opens regulation on sports betting to public feedback

By on August 11, 2020

New rules also seek to establish legal framework on fantasy leagues and e-sports

SAN JUAN — The Puerto Rico government’s Gaming Commission has begun the process for the general public to comment on new regulations regarding sports betting, fantasy leagues and e-sports on the island, the commission’s executive director, José Maymó Arize, announced Tuesday.

Manuel A. Laboy, secretary of economic development and gaming commission chairman, said the regulation, which would amend Articles 2.2 and 2.3 of Act 81-2019, seeks to “establish the rules to be applied to this innovative industry so it can reach its maximum potential. Nowadays, this type of betting has gained more relevance in light of the changes we face globally due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so there’s a great chance for us to position ourselves favorably in this industry that is slated to generate $68 million in economic activity (on the island) in 2022.”

The document, titled Puerto Rico Sports Betting on E-Sport and Fantasy Contest Regulations, is available online at http://www.agencias.pr.gov/agencias/AIDH/Home/Pages/default.aspx.

“Any written comment or request regarding the regulations must be submitted within the next 30 days,” said Maymó Arize. Those interested can send their feedback via traditional mail to P.O. Box 29156, San Juan, PR 00929 or email torresz@comjuegos.pr.gov.

The regulation is also physically available at the gaming commission’s legal counsel office at the corner of 65 de Infantería Ave. and Rafael Arcelay St., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Additionally, the commission will hold a virtual public hearing Aug. 19 at 9 a.m. through the Microsoft Teams platform, added Maymó Arize.

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