Wisconsin close to launching sports betting market
By Bob Garcia
The Oneida Nation has cleared the last hurdle to bring sports betting to Wisconsin
To date, the list of states where sports betting markets have already been welcomed is quite extensive, and Wisconsin is making every effort to be included in it. While it is true that the state is getting closer and closer to launching this type of activity, it first needs the approval of gaming compacts between the state and its 11 native Indian tribes. Should all go as planned, November is likely to be a month of celebration for many, with the arrival of the first tribal sportsbook. The Oneida Nation, one of those tribes, has already successfully crossed the finish line after an extensive, but ultimately rewarding race.
According to reports, the Oneida Nation was already able to secure its updated gaming compact with the state after receiving the go-ahead from the Department of the Interior (DOI) last week. That being the case, it has cleared the way for it to launch its first sportsbook. With this new agreement, the tribe, which is the official casino partner of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, will now have the ability to introduce sportsbooks at all of its casinos in the state, and the first to go through the process is expected to be Main Street Casino, with a strategic location just a few miles from Green Bay Austin Straubel International Airport. It has not yet been made clear which operator will run the sportsbook, but the tribe said it already has its partner in place.
If everything continues at the current pace, it is very likely that the sportsbook will be ready to open in November. The tribe is already assembling all the necessary equipment to make the launch a success; however, it is reported that a “component backorder” could prove to be a small stone in the road. With that issue resolved, and the sportsbook launching by the end of this year, it would mean sports bettors would have access to half of the NFL season and most of the NBA season.