Arizona Delays Sports Betting Rules; Says Launch Date on Track –


Arizona Delays Sports Betting Rules; Says Launch Date on Track

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The rules for Arizona sports betting have not been posted yet.

The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG), which was supposed to release Arizona sports betting draft rules on Monday, announced through its Twitter and email accounts that it hasn’t quite gotten to that point in the process.

“ADG is on track to meet the targeted ‘go live’ date of Sept. 9 for event wagering in the state. That said, the department is finalizing details for draft event wagering/fantasy sports rules to ensure completeness and accuracy, which will be available for public viewing and comment as soon as this process is complete,” Max Hartgraves, ADG’s public information officer, said in an email and on the organization’s Twitter account.

Once the process is complete, draft rules for sports betting in the state will be available to the public for inspection and public comment over a one-week period. That period was supposed to end June 21, but obviously has been pushed back to a date to be announced.

After the inspection and comment period has ended, the ADG will have an amendment period and will file any amended rules as necessary, all pointing to the NFL opener as a tentative start date.

Arizona plans to launch sports betting on Sept. 9, the day the NFL kicks off its 2021 season with the Dallas Cowboys visiting the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Arizona Cardinals open their 2021 season in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 12.

UPDATE: ADG is on track to meet the ‘go live’ date of September 9th for event wagering. That said, the Department is finalizing details for draft event wagering rules to ensure completeness and accuracy, which will be available for public comment when this process is complete.

— Arizona Department of Gaming (@AzGaming) June 15, 2021

Law & Compact Signed

On April 15, Gov. Doug Ducey signed the legislation legalizing sports betting and daily fantasy sports contests and the newly amended Tribal-State Gaming Compacts.

The Arizona law allows for 20 sports betting licenses. Gaming tribes receive 10 and another 10 could go to Arizona professional sports teams or organizations.

The law requires operators of daily fantasy sports contests and sports betting to make help available for those who might have a gambling problem. It also allows individuals to exclude themselves from the new forms of legal wagering if necessary.

The law also adds limited Keno games at off-track betting locations and social clubs (American Legion, Elks Club, etc.) The bill does not include online casino gaming or online poker.

The U.S. Department of Interior on May 24 announced it had approved the amended Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compacts.

The approval from the federal government was earlier than expected, and it could help the state hit the intended target date.

Arizona Sportsbook Partnership Deals

Caesars, DraftKings and FanDuel have announced sports betting partnerships in the state.

On April 14, DraftKings and the PGA Tour announced an expansion of their existing partnership to provide DraftKings market access for retail and mobile sports betting in Arizona.

FanDuel and the Phoenix Suns announced on April 15 a multiyear partnership making it the Suns’ Official Sportsbook and Daily Fantasy Sports Partner. FanDuel plans to open a retail sportsbook, expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2021-22 NBA season, inside the Phoenix Suns Arena.

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Caesars Entertainment on May 6 announced a partnership for mobile sports betting and a brick-and-mortar sportsbook on the plaza adjacent to Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. It’s near the Suns’ arena giving fans two sportsbooks easily within walking distance.