After much debate, the Arizona Senate passed SB1797, dubbed the fantasy sports bill. The bill is now headed to Governor Doug Ducey for his signature.
A new tribal-state gaming compact just passed the legislature! The updated agreement is a win-win for Arizonans, tribal members, and sports leagues and teams. Thank you to everyone who worked to improve Arizona’s gaming compact! #SB1797 1/
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) April 13, 2021
Well it feels great to say that the bill that I and @TJShopeforAZ worked so hard on is heading to Governor @dougducey .Thank you to everyone involved. Sports betting is coming to Arizona in a few months. pic.twitter.com/rzV6qA2Rv6
— Jeff Weninger (@JeffWeninger) April 13, 2021
SB 1797 will allow both event wagering and online sports betting, with up to 10 tribes and 10 professional teams licensed to provide online betting platforms. There are 16 tribes in Arizona operating casinos, and there are eight professional teams, including NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA franchises.
People will soon be able to place bets at Chase Field during a Diamondbacks game, or at Gila River Arena with the Coyotes skating. Bettors could also place wagers at sports books at select Indian casinos or legally participate in popular daily fantasy sports games.