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Forget baseball season -– the director of the West Virginia Lottery said Wednesday that online sports wagering probably won’t be available until the fall.

Speaking after a state Lottery Commission meeting, John Myers would not offer a specific timeline or identify which casino would be the first to launch an app after a contractual dispute shuttered the only online sports betting platform and two of five physical sportsbooks in the state.

“Any of the ones we’ve talked to are saying football season,” Myers said.

In December, Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island casinos launched the state’s first sports betting app. However, a legal dispute between their parent company, Delaware North, and a third-party software provider torpedoed the app and the in-house sportsbooks.

No provider has entered the online market since then. In May, Myers said Hollywood Casino in Charles Town was set for a soft launch of its app in early June. However, in a statement issued June 5, Myers said the app was delayed to ensure compliance with the federal Wire Act.

Tim Dent, chief compliance officer with DraftKings, which is partnered with the parent company of Hollywood Casino, said in a statement Wednesday the company is working with the Lottery Commission and remains eager to announce a firm launch date.

Myers chocked up some of the delay in implementing sports betting — which was enabled by state law in 2018, plus a Supreme Court ruling issued later that year — to a new legal and regulatory arena, and some to “bad luck,” given the contractual disputes.

“It’s a shame,” he said. “We thought we had it up, had it going, but it shut down, now I can’t really give you a date.”

Kevin Hennessy, a spokesman with FanDuel, which runs the sportsbook at The Greenbrier resort, in White Sulphur Springs, declined to say when or if the company might launch an app.

According to numbers provided at the meeting Wednesday, the Lottery brought in gross revenue of nearly $100 million in May. Most of that sum came from racetracks ($44.5 million), limited video lottery machines ($34.3 million) and traditional lottery games ($17.2 million). About $80,000 came from sports betting.

Reach Jake Zuckerman at

jake.zuckerman@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-4814 or follow

@jake_zuckerman on Twitter.

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