Supreme Court Makes Sports Betting Possible, Gaming Revenue Up [POLL]

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in in Murphy v. NCAA, siding with New Jersey and striking down the ban on sports betting imposed by Congress decades ago. The Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, that prohibited state-authorized sports gambling in every state except Nevada.

Last week, Arizona Department of Gaming officials announced that statewide tribal gaming contributions for fiscal year-to-date 2018 amounts to approximately $94 million. This figure reflects five consecutive quarterly increases – with fourth quarter tribal gaming contributions reported at nearly $26 million – a healthy 4.3 percent increase over the last quarter of fiscal year 2017.

Cumulative tribal gaming contributions to the State of Arizona under the current compact are just over $1.21 billion, which directly benefits Arizonans’ quality of life by supporting education, tourism, wildlife conservation and health services.

“This positive milestone in tribal gaming contributions reflects Arizona’s growing economy and is great news for both Arizonans and tribal communities,” said Daniel Bergin, Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming. “Factors contributing to this strong upward trend include recent increases in wager limits and the number of allocated gaming devices coming into play this year as scheduled in the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compact.”

The Arizona Department of Gaming will distribute quarterly tribal contributions to the Arizona Benefits Fund it administers as follows:

Instructional Improvement Fund/Education…………………………………………………..$12,924,112
Trauma and Emergency Services Fund…………………………………………………………….$6,462,056
Arizona Department of Gaming operating costs ………………………………………………$2,333,808
Arizona Wildlife Conservation Fund ………………………………………………………………..$1,846,301
State Tourism Fund……………………………………………………………………………………….$1,846,301
Problem Gambling Education, Treatment and Prevention ……………………………………$518,624
TOTAL tribal gaming contributions for quarter ending March 31, 2018 ……… $25,931,203

Per the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compact, tribes with casinos contribute 1 percent to 8 percent of their Class III gross gaming revenue to the state, cities, towns and counties. Currently, there are 24 Class III casinos in Arizona, which ADG regulates with Arizona tribes.

6 Comments on "Supreme Court Makes Sports Betting Possible, Gaming Revenue Up [POLL]"

  1. so what happens to the NCAA – coaches – players – college athletics – ‘pay for play’ why not the game is already sold, or is that sold out? Games in, games on, a new interactive TV link your bank account to the Saturday fuootball game(s)? Anything rolls.. and the bookies are out of one business and into another. Sit back, smoke a joint, have some beers, bet the mortgage on the final four. It’s going to be a different kind of year, the sports temples have been erected, get your tickets it’s almost game time.

  2. The Evil One | May 15, 2018 at 6:08 am | Reply

    “Per the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compact, tribes with casinos contribute 1 percent to 8 percent of their Class III gross gaming revenue to the state, cities, towns and counties.”

    Per the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compact, the State is NOT allowed to view their books. So, this 1 to 8 percent may or may not be true.

    • Que Milagro…

      • Mike Putfus | May 15, 2018 at 7:48 am | Reply

        Yes What a Miracle. For the Tribes and the State. That is for the federally recognized Tribe only that has been approved by the State for a cut from the profits, and then both Houses of Congress plus the BLM and the BIA just to have anything on their reservation to generate funds for the Tribe.

    • Mike Putfus | May 15, 2018 at 7:42 am | Reply

      16 Arizona tribes operate casinos while five have leasing agreements.
      Tribal gaming brought in $1.9 billion from July 2016 through June, according to the Arizona Department of Gaming. The last one the Hopi has a 20 year compact with the State at 9.8 percent. The highest one in Calif. is 28 percent for just one Tribe.
      As far as their records The States do inspect (state law in Section 5-601.02) them as well as the BIA, and the IRS. It can also be found at https://gaming.az.gov/
      “The department of Gaming is a state government agency, but does not receive any tax revenue or general fund monies to support its regulatory responsibilities. Regulation of Tribal Gaming is funded entirely by Arizona’s gaming Tribes as set forth in the Compact. Regulation of racing activities is funded through the Racing Regulation Fund primarily made up of revenues from the regulatory wagering assessment (RWA).”

  3. Does this decision mean we can all run casinos or other gambling venues now?
    Hooray, there is still a sucker born every minute!” Or is it every second?

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