Tribal sports gambling in Arizona and California pushing forward
By Bob Garcia
The two states are finding more support for tribal sports betting after years of resistance
It seems that being Nevada’s neighbor is not the only thing Arizona and California have in common these days. Both states are making great strides toward the ultimate goal of sports betting, and leaders of Native Indian tribes in both states explained earlier this week what plans are in the works to bring sports betting to their respective states as soon as possible.
In the case of the Golden State, tribal gaming leaders met and said they have no problem with more sports betting proposals being put before voters when the Indian Tribes’ plan comes up for a vote next year. They are aware that more new proposals may come to light, as the state’s racetracks, gaming halls, and even daily fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings are going to want to be heard. It would be nothing new to see these two companies propose something new, having done something similar to sportsbooks in Florida.
On the other hand, The Grand Canyon State is the closest to the finish line, as legislation was given the green light by lawmakers earlier this year and state gaming regulators are fine-tuning the details of how the market will be run. This is something that California has yet to do, especially since the tribes asked for sports betting to be placed on the November 2022 ballot, which makes it more than a year away from seeing any real movement.
Likewise, both states intend for sports betting to be implemented. Should both become a reality, it will be another big blow to the monopoly that Nevada once had in its hands.