On gambling, weigh the pro game only By The Lowell Sun May 30, 2019 at 12:27 pm Legalized sports wagering in the not-too-distant future looks like a sure bet in Massachusetts. Whether it will include betting beyond professional sports is a matter currently being debated on Beacon Hill. Legislative hearings have delved into the pros and cons of including collegiate sports in any state-sponsored gambling bill. Eight states, including Rhode Island, have introduced full-scale sports wagering, while bills have either passed or been introduced in dozens of other states, according to ESPN. The Legislature’s Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies has begun digging into the weeds that would accompany implementation of sports betting.