GERMAN STATE DOES ITS OWN THING ON SPORTS BETTING
 
The province of Hesse tries to find its own solution to the German regulatory debacle.
 
The German online sports betting scene continues to represent a confusing regulatory mess with unwarranted restrictions, court rulings and European Commission clashes  but it appears that the state of Hesse has decided to break out of the impasse with its own –  albeit temporary – solution.
 
The provinces Ministry of the Interior announced this week that, at least until there is absolute clarity on the federal regulatory situation, it will consider applications for temporary land and online sports betting licenses from suitable operators.
 
Commencing September 15, operators have a two-month window of opportunity to make application for these temporary permits.
 
The permits constrain holders to operate only in Hesse, and detail on fees and duration is not yet available.