Arizona lays out how sports betting license applications will be considered
By Bob Garcia
Arizona is rapidly pushing its new sports betting framework ahead of the NFL season
Sports betting is soon to be launched in Arizona, considered the largest state in the west. Since the date is getting closer and closer, clearly, many important aspects have to be clarified, such as the licensing criteria, which have been expected by the tribes since the legalization was made official. However, it seems that the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) already has everything covered, and has proposed a new set of criteria to handle this issue in the best possible way.
The ADG was scheduled to meet at the end of last week, but before that happened, it released the new two-page document, giving all interested parties a brief period of time ending at midnight Friday to submit comments on the proposal. The tribes originally thought that the allocation of event wagering licenses would be handled through a lottery system, but it appears that this was not the case.
According to the document, the ADG made it clear that qualified applicants with a presence in the state will receive special treatment in the process, giving them a preference. Likewise, all those who also have partners with a presence in the state will receive an extra advantage from the regulator.
The state currently has a total of 15 tribes operating 22 tribal casinos, but there are only ten licenses available for tribal operations, which means that there will be five tribes that unfortunately will not be able to offer sports betting. The ADG stated that the distribution of wagering permits among “non-gaming tribes, rural gaming tribes, and to tribes located relatively near metropolitan areas in the state” will be preferred.