Sports betting in the US state of Arizona is looking at 9 September as the provisional launch date, after the Department of Interior last week gave a green light for a bill aimed at legalising the activity in the state.
Arizonans Looking Forward to 9 September
Last week, the US Department of Interior (DoI) approved a bill that sets out measures allowing players to place bets on sports events at both tribal casinos and sites operated by major league sports teams in the state of Arizona.
The Arizona Department of Gaming set a provisional launch date for 9 September, subject to the formation of rules and regulations, the day that should mark the beginning of legal betting in Grand Canyon State.
Arizona is now eyeing 9 September as the launch date for sports wagering in the state.
“This is a once-in-a-generation milestone for tribal nations, their communities, and the entire state of Arizona — and I’m proud to sign a gaming compact amendment and associated legislation that will benefit people in every corner of our state,” Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said back in April on the occasion of signing the bill.
The Department of Gaming started drafting rules in the same month and has until 14 June to publish the first draft of regulations. The draft will then be up for public consultation for seven days, ending 21 June.
During the amendment period, the Department will make all the necessary changes before it starts preparing for the September launch date.
The Year of Sports Betting in the US
2021 is promising to be the year of sports betting throughout the US, with Arizona being the latest in line to take tangible measures toward legalisation.
Arizona follows suit of a number of US states that have already taken measures to allow sports wagering.
Weeks ago, Florida’s state senate approved a gaming compact to allow the Seminole Tribe to offer sports betting, with a tentative launch date set for 15 October, while Maryland took action to legalise sports betting only days after that.
In April, two North Carolina state senators proposed a new sports betting bill that would expand sports wagering further, marking a new era for sports wagering in the Tar Heel State.
Washington, South Dakota, Nebraska, Connecticut, Louisianna, and Wyoming are also expecting sports betting to go live later this year, having signed appropriate legislation into laws.