Why Horse Racing Could Derail The Bill
When it comes to sports betting, the SB 1797 and 1794 bill don’t stray too far away from each other when it comes to sports betting, outside of a few key areas that could spell trouble for legalization. Now SB 1797 would allow retail and possibly online wagering with 10 tribal casinos and 10 sports venues. But now that SB 1794 has popped up again, it would violate what the tribes and state have agreed upon. The issue remains horse racing, which was banned under the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming compact. Sports betting was also in this boat before the last few months. Tribal leaders have already budged on mobile sports betting on and off the reservation, as they can partner with a sportsbook.
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Update On Mobile Betting
Mobile and online sports betting is the major draw of these bills these days, especially in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. States would be missing out on mobile and online betting revenue, as would the tribes. The current bills do allow mobile and online sports to be legal and would be included under the state-tribe gaming compact. While sports teams would get in-person betting, as would casinos, a majority of them are in the Phoenix area. Mobile betting would allow areas like Tucson and Flagstaff to partake. Neither have access to a professional sports stadium unless they drive a few hours and the casino availability is also far less in comparison to the Phoenix area. We currently see New York blocking most of their state as the up-state casinos are the only areas taking in-person sports bets.