Arizona Legalizes Sports Gambling

Published May 2, 2021 by Sol FH

Arizona Legalizes Sports Gambling

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signs Arizona gambling expansion that includes sports betting for Arizona punters.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed off on an amended tribal gaming agreement and associated legislation that has authorized a wide-ranging expansion of legal gambling, including sports betting.

“This represents the most significant changes in almost two decades, a truly historic event,” Ducey commented while at the signing ceremony last Thursday.

There were hundreds of tribal leaders and lawmakers in attendance for the event and watched the historic agreement take place. 

“We argued before we agreed. And we fought before we found our middle ground,” Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community said. “But here we are today, celebrating the most unique unicorn in political life: a genuine win for us all,” he continued.

Teams Will Own Sportsbooks

Punters in Arizona will be thrilled that they can finally, legally bet on professional and college competitions at tribal casinos and online gambling sites owned by major sports teams. This alone took over five years to negotiate. 

Pro sports teams such as the Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, and the Phoenix Suns will be able to run betting operations online, at the sporting event, or at nearby retail locations. 

One of the biggest supporters of the new law was Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall who commented, “Having the teams or the facilities be the licensees working with operators so that each of us, each of the sports, are protecting the integrity of our sports and of our data, it makes a great deal of sense,” Hall told Arizona Sports’ Doug & Wolf on Thursday morning, before the signing.

“It’s a win-win for everybody, but most importantly the engagement and I would also say the tax revenue. … We’re talking about hundreds of millions of dollars for the state and the general fund,” he said.

Arizonans will be able to get in on the action very soon and there are already partnerships being made with the major sports teams to execute.

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