Massachusetts lawmakers taking another shot at legal sports betting Jill R. Dorson, SportsHandle · April 8, 2020 at 12:57 am When professional sports shut down on March 12, the Boston Bruins were in first place in the NHL’s Atlantic Division and the Boston Celtics were in second in the NBA’s Atlantic Division. The Boston Red Sox were just a month into spring training. And a week later, superstar quarterback Tom Brady announced he was leaving the New England Patriots after 20 years and six Super Bowl rings. The COVID-19 crisis and Brady’s departure turned sports-crazy New England on its head. But if there is a glimmer of hope in the land of chowdah and baked beans, it is this: There appears to be a decent chance that sports betting will be legalized in New England’s most populous state by the end of the year.