In a press statement dated March 9, the Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board debunked news that the Board was involved in any direct discussions with the WWE. According to the release, the only communication occurred in 2022 and there has been no official or formal follow-up since then.
In the report, the discussions were said to have involved a third-party consultant with a proposal to include the WWE in a sports betting category. The following statements were quoted as the exact words of Henry Williams, the Executive Director on the prevailing issues:
“Any request for inclusion in Michigan’s Sports Wagering Catalog must be submitted to the MGCB by a Michigan-licensed operator or platform provider, and the agency has not received a formal request regarding WWE events wagering. The WWE should work with the gaming industry if it wishes to bring a proposal before the MGCB.”
The Board is only obliged to receive requests for inclusion of sports betting events by licensed Michigan sportsbooks operators. Since the WWE is yet to be included in the Sports Wagering Catalog as a pending event, there is every reason to believe the authorities have not considered the prospects.
Should the MGCB include a new sports betting event, the updated Catalog will be published on the board's website and available at sportsbooks.