With Arizona presenting a first draft of rules this week for sports betting, let’s check out some of the key points in the recently signed agreement by Gov. Doug Ducey (R) and the state’s tribal leaders on April 15.
The expanded gaming — including Arizona sports betting apps and daily fantasy sports contests — is looking to launch in time to bet on NFL games in Arizona when the season begins as the Dallas Cowboys visit the defending Super Bowl champions Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday, Sept. 9.
Three days later, the Arizona Cardinals open their 2021 campaign at Tennessee on Sept. 12.
Who Can Get A License
The new legislation allows for 20 Arizona sports betting licenses. Gaming tribes will receive 10 and another 10 could go to Arizona professional sports teams and events.
The Cardinals, Diamondbacks (MLB), Suns (NBA) and Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) have a right to open retail sportsbooks in or adjacent their stadium or arena. Sports teams will not directly operate the sportsbooks, but can be made available statewide via online with vendors like BetMGM Arizona, DraftKings Arizona or FanDuel Arizona.
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Twenty-two federally-recognized Indian tribes, 16 of which operate 24 casinos within the state. will also be allowed to partner with outside operators to offer state-wide sports betting.
College sports betting will be available as well.
Specific details regarding licensing procedures and pricing will be released this week by the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG).