Gov. Ducey asks Legislature to permit sports activities betting in Arizona, on and off reservations – Arizona Day by day Star
Fans cheer while watching a college basketball tournament game in the sports book at The Mirage in Las Vegas in this 2014 photo. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants the state Legislature to allow sports betting here.
John Locher / Las Vegas Review-Journal 2014
By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey wants to open the door to allowing Arizonans to bet on the Diamondbacks and the Cardinals.
And maybe even the Wildcats and the Sun Devils.
He also wants wagering on fantasy leagues and instant keno games, and to allow mobile devices to be used to place bets.
And all of that would be available off reservation.
Now he needs the Arizona Legislature to go along and repeal the laws that now prohibit such gambling.
In a document given to lawmakers Wednesday, the Republican governor said he has negotiated a new compact with Arizona tribes, which have the exclusive right to operate casino-style wagering in Arizona, albeit with certain limits.
The new deal, Ducey said, will result in more revenue for the tribes and more money for state government, which currently gets a share of tribal gaming revenues.
“Our goal is to bring Arizona gaming into the 21st century,” Ducey press aide C.J. Karamargin told Capitol Media Services.
“A lot has changed since the first compacts were signed, back when cellphones weren’t the thing they are now,” he said. “The world looks a lot different today and our proposal is intended to reflect the way people live their lives today.”