Arizona Sports betting seemed full of momentum on Tuesday but the sails were quickly deflated on Wednesday.
The joint proposals in the House and in the Senate – HB 2772 and SB 1797 – would legalize AZ sports betting. The bills would help Governor Doug Ducey recently renegotiated treaties with the tribes of the state.
The House Commerce Committee elected 9-1 move the bill forward Tuesday. Although it was on Wednesday’s agenda, the bill was passed during Senate Commerce Committeeindicating possible opposition.
Along with the renegotiated contracts, Ducey also said he wanted legalized sports betting in his State of state Address. The bills also legalize daily fantasy sports and keno.
Arizona sports teams in support
Twenty proposed licenses would be split between Arizona’s professional sports organizations and tribal operators.
Representative of Phoenix Coyotes, Cardinals of Arizona, Arizona Diamondbacks, PGA tour and Phoenix Raceway Everyone was in favor of the bill. The teams could be licensees for sports betting in their venues and online, and work with operators.
Amilyn PierceDiamondback’s vice president of government affairs said the bill will help the organization not fall behind other teams. According to Pierce, teams in other states are already generating income from lucrative partnerships with sports betting operators.
Supportive Arizona Home
Ducey General Counsel Anni Foster spoke to the committee on behalf of the governor. Foster said the bill culminates in multi-year work to expand the Tribal Gaming Compacts.
The compact extensions had three goals:
- Modernize the compact one
- Maintain the state’s current gaming culture
- Increase revenue for the state
The sponsor and committee chairman of the Rep. Jeff Weninger talked at length about the primary and additional benefits of legalizing sports betting.
Lobbyist speaks of an increase in sales of 42 million US dollars
Compass strategies Executive Partner Kelsey Lundy spoke on behalf of DraftKings, BetMGM and FanDuel.
Lundy emphasized the fact that Arizona is one of six states with no legal daily fantasy sports. She also cited estimates that were more than 1 million Arizonans put on $ 3 billion illegal.
With legalized sports betting, Lundy said, Arizona could generate up $ 42 million annually in taxes to its general fund.
Still open questions about sports betting
The only vote against was from MP Pamela Powers Hannelywho appeared to be most concerned about privacy. Powers Hannely also has “serious public health concerns”.
Diego Espinoza MP voted yes to move the bill but as a business owner he was concerned about the small business involvement.
Espinoza’s concerns were based on comments from David delos, President of Arizona Licensed Beverage Association.
“How can it be that in Arizona only the big players seem to benefit while small businesses that work with constraints and are required to operate at reduced capacity for the foreseeable future are not even mentioned in this bill,” said Delos .
Only with 10 Licenses split for the 16 Tribes that operate 24 In the casinos there is the possibility of resistance from tribal interests.
When voting in the House Committee, however, non-gambling small tribes supported the bill.
lobbyist John MacDonald spoke on her behalf, saying that the bill “will secure the finances of smaller rural tribes”.