The Arizona Department of Gaming has introduced a second draft of Arizona sports betting rules and held a session on Wednesday where public comments were submitted. The meetings covered betting regulations, daily fantasy sports, and mobile pari-mutuel rules for people in Arizona. Following the feedback, the department confirmed that betting operators could offer two mobile skins, which would bump the possible total from 20 to 40.
Against stakeholders concerns
Many stakeholders, including the professional sports teams, only wanted one skin per betting license. Expanding the industry is going to add more competition, causing professional sports teams to lose money.
20 licenses are plenty, and 40 is larger than many legal states in America.
Amilyn Pierce, the VP of Government Affairs for the Arizona Diamondbacks, has been one of the leaders for the professional sports teams.
Pierce said, “Our belief was the license would never allow more than one mobile platform. We’ll continue to raise concerns for that, in our opinion, that essentially just allows for two mobile licenses. Our concerns remain the same.”
Arizona has the goal to launch sports betting by the beginning of football season. Therefore, it will be hard to change the rules by the fall because the department is behind two skins per license.
Some stakeholders in the state, like the San Carlos Apache Tribe, favor two licenses per skin. The tribe partnered with WynnBET on July 2. Operators that are eligible for two licenses must apply to the Arizona Department of Gaming through a written request.
The caveat with the license deal is that the skins need to be on the same hardware. Some companies own multiple sportsbooks, so this will be easy. Although, this is not the case for every sportsbook in Arizona.
There have been multiple partnerships formed between operators, professional sports teams/venues, and the San Carlos Apache tribe.
1. Bally’s – Phoenix Mercury, WNBA
2. Caesars – Arizona Diamondbacks, MLB
3. DraftKings – TPC Scottsdale, Waste Management Open, PGA Tour
4. WynnBet – San Carlos Apache Tribe
5. FanDuel – Phoenix Suns, NBA
Input for sports betting
The second draft of the sports betting rules was established on July 2. Stakeholders will still have time to advocate for their point of view as the department will host three additional meetings. Stakeholders can comment, but it does not mean that the department will change its rules.
Two skins per license will enhance the market and deliver more money to the state. It puts some stakeholders at a varying level. Nevertheless, decisions are made because of money, so it’s not likely that the department will budge.
The public has the ability to comment on the department’s website until 11:59 PM PT on Wednesday evening. The final draft of the rules will be published in the next few weeks in preparation for the launch on September 9.
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