Arizona Governor advocates legal sports betting

Tribes currently have exclusive gaming rights in Arizona.
Tribes currently have exclusive gaming rights in Arizona.

Governor Doug Ducey’s intentions to legalise sports betting were outlined in a document sent to state lawmakers this week.

US.- The governor of Arizona has expressed support for legal sports betting, highlighting the potential for a legal market to launch in the state in 2021.

Governor Doug Ducey sent a document to lawmakers this week which outlined a new gaming compact between the state government and Arizona tribes which currently have exclusive gaming rights in the state.

His proposal includes allowing Arizona residents to be able to wager on both professional and college sporting events, ideally across mobile platforms as well as land-based sportsbooks.

States in which mobile sports betting is legal, such as Indiana and Rhode Island, have seen huge increases in revenues over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Governor also suggested offering daily fantasy sports as well as keno in order to foster a prosperous gaming sector in the state.

Ducey’s press aide, C.J. Karamargin, said in a statement: “Our goal is to bring Arizona gaming into the 21st century.

“A lot has changed since the first compacts were signed, back when cellphones weren’t the thing they are now. The world looks a lot different today and our proposal is intended to reflect the way people live their lives today.”

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