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Washington State Tribes Approaching Sports Betting After Vote

Following a major vote, 15 Washington state tribes are much closer to introducing sports wagering. Sports betting might be operational by the end of August, just in time for the start of the NFL season in 2021.

The Washington state gambling commission (WSGC) recently modified tribal class III gambling compacts to allow sports betting. Seven commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the motion.  Two commissioners were not allowed to vote.

For sports betting to become operational, further government and tribe clearances are required. Each tribe had and Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, must sign the amended compact. 

After that, the US Department of Interior must approve it (DOI). The department of interior has 45 days to decide on the modified compacts. Until the updated agreement is published in the federal register, sports betting will not be permitted.  

Colville, Cowlitz, Jamestown S’klallam, Kalispel, Lummi, Muckleshoot, Puyallup, Shoalwater bay, Snoqualmie, Spokane, Squaxin island, Stillaguamish, Suquamish, Swinomish, and Tulalip are among the tribes conditionally approved for sports betting in Washington.  

Tribal gambling on major league pro sports is now legal in Washington State, according to a measure passed by the state legislature last year. Olympic activities, as well as collegiate sports, may all be bet on.

Sports betting may also be permitted at tribal casinos, as well as through mobile and web applications.

“You will need to travel to the casino premises to place a mobile or in-person wager,” Brian J. Considine, legal and legislative manager for the WSGC, explained to Casino.org.

Draft Rule Taking Place

The WSGC also adopted preliminary draught guidelines for tribal casino sports betting last week. The WSGC will evaluate and approve final sports wagering rules on july 28.

These rules address licensing requirements, licensing fees and reporting requirements, sport and sports wagering integrity, integrity monitoring providers, geolocation, system, and patron mobile account requirements.

Considine said.

According to ConsidineJuly, the money will be used for charity, problem gambling, smoking cessation, and community initiatives.

The commission’s vote shows the strong and collaborative cooperation between tribes and the state that has formed over the previous three decades

said Rebecca George, Executive Director of the Washington Indian Gaming Association(WIGA).

There are 29 federally recognized Tribes in Washington State.

Tribes Applaud the Commission’s Decision

We are just really excited to go from a place where we got the approval from the Legislature to 15 approved compacts

Afton Servas, spokeswoman for the Kalispel Tribe, was quoted by The Spokesman-Review newspaper last week.

Jaison Elkins, chairman of the Muckleshoot Tribe, was additionally quoted by the newspaper that

The effects of poverty, neglect and disease are not easily overcome…. We use every dollar from gaming.

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Sports Betting Picks Pace in Arizona as the NFL Season Starts

Sports betting is making giant strides in Arizona right on cue as the NFL season is about to kick off. Recently, the federal authorities in Arizona approved the state’s new tribal gaming concept. This indicates good news for both the state and betting enthusiasts as the development will incur huge revenue generation.

Jeff Weninger (State Rep.) sponsored the bill initially and stated that the approval came in sooner than he expected. The U.S Department of the Interior accepted the tribal deal, authorizing a widespread expansion of online betting and legal gambling in Arizona.

Jeff expressed his delight through his Twitter handle, where he announced the deal’s completion. As per his tweet, the deal will generate tax revenue, help communities, and draw visitors to the state.

New casino games might start flowing soon, but given their complexity, sports betting might take some time. The Arizona Department of Gaming will write rules, process applications, and perform background checks before commencing the community. However, Jeff believes that the August end of September start might see the development kick-off.

Doug Ducey (Arizona Gov.) signed the compact and subsidiary legislation back in April. The approval does not merely affect sports betting as it also allows Native American tribes to spread their sports & fantasy betting and casino gambling proceedings.

With the 2021 NFL season starting on September 9, every sports betting enthusiast is keeping an eye on the proceedings. Other than reservation casinos, sports groups can offer wagering on different sports events. Fantasy sports like DraftKings can earn significant money from licensing alone.

Two Arizona teams have alrEAdy indulged in a gambling partnership after the development. They are:

  • Phoenix Suns’s patterning with FanDuel
  • Caesars Entertainment collaborating with Arizona Diamondbacks

DraftKings and PGA Tour are also eyeing to launch a sportsbook at the TPC Scottsdale. The sports betting community has massively gained from the quick approval. Games like craps and Baccarat will help tribal communities expand their proceedings throughout the state. Plus they can maintain their offers on poker and blackjack while increasing the slot machines.

The approval marked an end to the five-year-long dispute, and for good,Suns’ it seems.

Final Thoughts

What transpired five years ago with tribal communities and the Arizona state was recently wrapped up on a happy note. Doug Ducey (Arizona Gov.) approved the tribal gaming concept introduced by Jeff Weninger (State Rep.). The approval was quicker than expected, and it is expected to help both state and the tribal communities. With the NFL season on its way, everyone is keeping tabs on the state’s rules regarding sports betting.

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PFL Enters Into Broadcasting Partnership with Eurosport India

One of the world’s fastest-growing leagues, the PFL (Professional Fighters League), yesterday announced a partnership with Eurosport India for international distribution. This is the first time that the MMA will get televised on this platform.

Partnership Between PFL and Eurosport India

This partnership aims to support plans of global expansion that PFL has and also focuses on growing this sport in the country. It is worth mentioning here that PFL is the first company that presents MMA in the championship, playoffs, and regular season formats.

A Multi-year Agreement

This will be a multi-year agreement where Eurosport India will be broadcasting live PFL championship, playoffs, and regular-season events. The broadcasts will also include classic fights available in PFL’s vault so that fans can relive the journey of different PFL stars throughout the championships.

Also, the broadcasts will include original programs developed by PFL Studios, which is PFL’s global media division.

Peter Murray, CEO of PFL, said that India offers excellent growth opportunities for MMA and PFL. Peter added that they are actively examining talent present in the region so that they can join the roster of PFL and start competing for a lucrative prize.

He also mentioned that this partnership would work as a catalyst and extend these sports reach well beyond the 450 million fans that MMA has in the world.

Vijay Rajput, Senior VP, South Asia, said that they consider this to be a historic partnership. He added that they support PFL’s commitment to grow this sport in the country. This partnership will make it possible for fans to access PFL’s content and event as well as allow local talent to compete with world players.

PFL’s Global Expansion

This partnership is part of PFL’s plans for global expansion and follows the first OTT platform launch by PFL. This OTT platform is a broadcasting partnership between PFL and Telesport Russia. Other global expansion measures include deals with AB InBev, GEICO, and Acronis.