Arizona Moves Quickly to Start Sports Betting Process

Arizona Moves Quickly to Start Sports Betting Process
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Arizona is not wasting any time to start the process of enacting sports betting within the state.

On April 15, Gov. Doug Ducey (R) signed legislation and the newly amended Tribal-State Gaming Compacts, legalizing fantasy sports contests and event wagering.

The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) announced Wednesday it has initiated a process to develop rules for these new forms of gaming and act as the primary regulator and enforcement body for fantasy sports contests and event wagering.

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"The Department is already hard at work drafting rules and procedures to ensure the safety and security of the Arizona betting public as we look toward implementing event and fantasy sports wagering in the months ahead,” Ted Vogt, director of the ADC, said in a news release.

In addition, this legislation requires daily fantasy sports contests and event wagering providers to furnish help for those who may have a problem with gambling, as well as allows individuals to exclude themselves from these new forms of legal wagering statewide.

The state also announced several steps that these rules and the associated amended Tribal-State Compacts will have to go through to become operational:

Amended Tribal-State Gaming Compacts

After the compacts were signed by the state and Arizona Tribes, they were submitted to the Federal Department of the Interior Office of Indian Gaming (OIG) on April 16.

The OIG has 45 days to review and approve these compacts. If no action is taken within the 45 days, the compacts are automatically approved and sent to the federal register, who has 90 days to officially publish the compacts.

After this step, the amended compacts will go into effect in Arizona.

Fantasy Sports Contests and Event Wagering

The ADG is currently focused on completing a first draft of rules.

After the draft is completed, within 60 days, the ADG will then receive feedback from industry stakeholders on the first draft of rules. After input from industry stakeholders, ADG will finalize drafted rules and post them for public inspection and comment.

Once the compacts and the rulemaking processes are complete, these new legalized games will become operational.

The Arizona law allows for 20 sports betting licenses. Gaming tribes receive 10 and another 10 could go to Arizona professional sports teams.

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