Millions of Americans place bets on the tournament each year, but Michiganders may finally be able to do so legally by the time the Big Dance rolls around.
Rep. Brandt Iden, R-Oshtemo Twp., the bill's initial sponsor, says the state's Gaming Control Board is still working on finalizing rules and regulations for casino sportsbooks in Michigan.
In-person sports betting at casinos could be up and running before the NCAA Tournament, and possibly sooner, according to Iden.
"I think we're a couple weeks away. Based on what I've been hearing from Gaming Control Board, I would anticipate probably before the Big Ten Tournament," Iden told WWJ's Tim Skubick.
The Big Ten Tournament begins Wednesday, March 11, while the NCAA Tournament tips off with the First Four games in Dayton on March 17 and 18, with the full slate of games beginning on March 19.
The bills signed into law call for sports betting revenue to be taxed at 8.4%, while the commercial casinos in Detroit will pay an additional 1.25% city tax.