When sports betting was legalized in Wisconsin through a tribal gaming compact with the Oneida Nation, the gambling industry was shocked. Since the compact was approved earlier this year, the implementation process has been very efficient.
Sports betting will be in Green Bay at some point during the NFL season, thanks to the Oneida Nation and the state government.
Sports betting is coming to Lambeau soon
There is a casino four miles from Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, which is operated by the Oneida Nation. This will be the only casino in Wisconsin to offer legal sports betting at some point during the NFL season.
Nate Wisneski, a spokesperson for the Oneida Nation, said, “We anticipated having our sportsbook up and operational for the beginning of the NFL season. Necessary system and equipment components are on backorder. We now anticipate being open by November of this year.”
Oneida partnered with International Game Technology (IGT) to offer sports betting. The tribe announced this on Thursday, and they are very excited to push the new industry forward in the state.
Oneida Casino General Manager was quoted in the press release announcing sports betting in Green Bay.
She said, “We look forward to partnering with IGT to introduce sports betting to our loyal patrons and becoming the first casino in Wisconsin to operate a sportsbook.”
Bettors will only be allowed to wager through a retail format or mobile betting on the casino’s property. There will be ticket windows, betting kiosks, and mobile wagers at the property. The tribe is going to expand sports betting to its other three casinos if the industry is successful in Green Bay.
Expanded sports betting coming in the future
The Oneida Nation was the first tribe in Wisconsin to renegotiate its compact in July. The Department of Interior responded quickly, approving the tribal compact in August. The tribe had the goal to launch sports betting by the beginning of the NFL season.
The Packers are popular throughout the state, so having the industry launched by the opener would have been good for the tribe. Nevertheless, they will have a monopoly at some point during the NFL season, so the later launch will not be detrimental.
The casino is an official partner of the Green Bay Packers, so there will be betting ads throughout the stadium in the fall.
There are 11 tribes that operate 27 gaming facilities in Wisconsin. If the Oneida is successful, other tribes may try to renegotiate their compacts to offer sports betting. For widespread mobile sports betting, the state legislature would have to legalize mobile sports betting operators.
There have been no legislative actions to bring this to fruition. However, border states like Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan all offer sports betting, and this is costing WI tax revenue.
The timeline for expanded legal sports betting does not look promising for other tribes during the NFL season. The NCAA Tournament is a realistic timeline for other tribes if they begin the tribal compact negotiation process in the future.