In person and online sports betting is now legal in the state of Arizona.

In what has been a busy week for sports betting enthusiasts and lawmakers in the state, Gov. Doug Ducey officially signed a bill into law to make Arizona in-person and online sports betting legal.

The approved bill allows for in-person and online sports betting, as well as the legalization of daily fantasy sports wagering in the state.

The approved Arizona online sports betting plan allows for as many as 20 licenses, split evenly between Arizona professional sport franchises and Native American tribes in the state who have signed the most recent tribal-state gaming compact. The bill allows Arizona’s professional sport franchises to run sportsbook at their facilities and partner with online sportsbook operators.

FanDuel and the Phoenix Suns Agree to Partnership

FanDuel, on the same day Ducey signed the bill into law, announced a partnership with the Phoenix Suns to build a luxury 6,300 square-foot in-arena sportsbook for the 2021-2022 NBA season. In addition to a full-service ticket window and self-service kiosks within the sportsbook, fans will be able to place bets throughout Phoenix Suns Arena on their mobile devices during game days and other hosted sporting events.

“This is a watershed moment for the Suns organization and our fans,” said Phoenix Suns President & CEO Jason Rowley in a press release. “FanDuel is the perfect partner as our missions are fully aligned. Simply put, FanDuel is committed to making sports more exciting while the Suns are focused on delivering exciting sports and entertainment and engaging fans at the highest level possible.”

The FanDuel Sportsbook Lounge will be open daily to place wagers on a wide variety of events throughout the year.

The agreement came days after DraftKings announced it will expand its existing commercial relationship with the PGA Tour to bring retail and mobile sports betting to Arizona with the construction of a retail sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale, pending regulatory approval.

The year-round sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale will be developed in part by the City of Scottsdale, the PGA Tour and DraftKings, who will also work closely with the Thunderbirds, the host organization of the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Several locations for the retail sportsbook are being considered and more details will be announced at a later date.

As part of the agreement, DraftKings will become the exclusive sports betting partner of the Waste Management Phoenix Open hosted annually at TPC Scottsdale.

 

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