Sports Wagering Partnerships In Arizona: What We Know So Far

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By Christopher Boan

We should find out who will receive one of the 20 sportsbooks licenses up for grabs this week in Arizona.

The partnerships, which were supposed to be announced on Monday, have not been released by the Arizona Department of Gaming as of Monday afternoon.

Operators’ Number Growing

In total, 16 operators have submitted mobile sports betting applications for sports betting in Arizona, with several more to come.

The official rollout of legalized sports betting is set to occur on Sept. 9, in time for the Arizona Cardinals’ NFL regular-season opener against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 12.

The Cardinals are one of the companies that has applied for a license, after reaching a sportsbook deal with BetMGM/Gila River Hotels and Casinos on Aug. 9.

Other Valley sports franchises, such as the Arizona Diamondbacks (Caesars Entertainment), the Phoenix Suns (FanDuel Sportsbook) and the Phoenix Mercury (Bally’s), have also struck sportsbook deals.

Additionally, the United Soccer League’s Phoenix Rising has struck a deal with an unnamed sportsbook operator on a deal, according to team Governor Berke Bakay.

"Phoenix Rising FC deeply appreciates the Arizona Legislature and Governor Ducey for including soccer fans in their vision for sports betting in the state," Bakay said. "As Arizona’s highest-level professional soccer team, Phoenix Rising FC has submitted its application to the Arizona Department of Gaming for an Event Wagering Operator’s License in partnership with a market-leading, best-in-class online sports betting operator. The club is excited to offer Arizona’s diverse soccer fans an opportunity to participate in this new form of entertainment.”

The Arizona Coyotes are the lone Valley professional sports team that has not struck a deal with an operator, team Executive Vice President of Communications & Broadcasting Rich Nairn told Bet Arizona.

Updated Sportsbook List

Here’s a list of who has applied for sportsbook operator licenses in the state of Arizona and their partnerships to date:

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Christopher Boan
Christopher Boan is the lead writer at BetArizona.com after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.
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Christopher Boan is the lead writer at BetArizona.com after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.
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