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Wisconsin Still Aiming for Early Fall Launch of Sports Betting

Wisconsin is one of the states on the list to launch sports betting by the beginning of the NFL season this year. The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin is prepared to offer retail betting by the Green Bay Packers season opener if given clearance from the federal Department of the Interior.

The fall marks the beginning of the football season and is the busiest time for U.S. sports betting, with more wagers placed than any other time during the sports calendar. Therefore, the fall is arguably the best time during the year for a state to launch its sports betting market, giving them the possibility to compete with the numerous other U.S. states that have already legalized sports betting in 2021, pre-football season.

Federal clearance a prerequisite

All tribal gaming compacts must be approved on the federal level by the Department of the Interior. Wisconsin and the Oneida Nation signed an updated tribal gaming compact on July 1. The deal between the state and tribe allowed sportsbooks at Oneida’s casinos.

The prominent sportsbook is expected at the tribe’s casino near the Green Bay Auston Straubel Airport. The federal Department of the Interior received the compact on July 2. They are expected to approve the deal by August 16.

There are no issues expected at the federal level, so the Oneida Nation has already started building a temporary sportsbook at its main property. The initial casino sportsbook will showcase betting windows and kiosks. The tribe will expand the sportsbook in time, but Oneida should be prepared to launch sports betting by September 12.

This is the day the Green Bay Packers kick off the 2021 season against the New Orleans Saints. This game is expected to draw attention in the state because residents love their hometown franchise, but a new era of Saints football begins this year without Drew Brees.

Wisconsin’s sports betting framework

Wisconsin sports betting does not have a lucrative framework. Nevertheless, nobody expected there to be sports betting in the state at the beginning of the year. The state and Oneida Nation appeared to not succeed in compact negotiations, so the agreement came out of nowhere.

Additionally, the compact was submitted rapidly to the Department of the Interior, making Wisconsin sports betting fly under the radar relative to legal processes in states like Florida and Connecticut.

The Oneida Nation will be allowed to open retail sportsbooks on property. It’s unknown if the tribe will partner with an operator. There is no statewide mobile betting allowed under the compact.

College betting is permitted, but residents cannot bet on hometown teams like the University of Wisconsin. One interesting caveat of Wisconsin sports betting is that residents will be able to bet on social events like the Emmys and Oscars.

No other tribes have announced sports betting deals with the state. However, it’s likely the state’s other tribes will pursue sports wagering licenses. There are over two dozen tribal casinos that could seek licensure for sports betting.

Mobile betting is also possible in the future. However, federal law states gaming tribes cannot offer bets outside of their own property. This could be reversed in the coming month as the Seminole Tribe in Florida is battling this regulation with the Department of the Interior.

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