Arizona Closing In on Passing Sports Betting Legislation

Arizona Closing In on Passing Sports Betting Legislation
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If all goes according to plan, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey could be getting sports betting legislation for his signature early next week.

SB 1797 for daily fantasy sports and event wagering, introduced by primary sponsor T.J. Shope (R) with co-sponsors Sen. Sonny Borelli (R) and Rep. Jeff Weninger (R), was withdrawn from the Senate Appropriations Committee on Thursday and now will be posted for an up-and-down vote Monday in the full Senate.

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HB 2772 is also still under consideration. If passed, the legislation will go to Ducey’s desk for his signature.

Ducey (R) has supported new gaming opportunities for the state and tribes. In his State of the State address in February, he said it was “an opportunity for a modernized gaming compact that will bring in more revenue for our tribal nations and our state budget.”

“I think it will be a very positive vote come Monday,” Shope told late Friday afternoon.

The legislation would allow wagers to be placed online, would have daily fantasy sports wagering and also add limited Keno games at off-track betting locations and social clubs like the American Legion, Elks Club, etc.

Support from Pro Teams

Sports betting has received support from Arizona’s pro sports teams, Phoenix Raceway, the PGA Tour and representatives from BetMGM, DraftKings and FanDuel.

According to the legislation, the four Arizona major professional sports teams — the NFL's Cardinals, NBA's Suns, NHL's Coyotes and MLB's Diamondbacks — could operate sports betting at their venues, at a separate retail location within a quarter mile of the stadiums/arenas and online. Other licenses would be awarded to other sports entities like the PGA Tour and NASCAR.

There would also be 10 sports betting licenses for the state’s tribes.

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