After announcing a target date of the start of the NFL season, the Arizona Department of Gaming confirmed Arizona sports betting is on target to reach its launch goal of Sept. 9.

The Arizona Department of Gaming released draft rules for both event wagering and fantasy sports contests this week, and also confirmed the state is on target for the launch date it set earlier this month.

“ADG is on track to meet the targeted “go live” date of September 9th for event wagering in the state,” according to a statement on the Arizona Department of Gaming’s website.

Open Session Meetings Scheduled for Arizona Sports Betting Feedback

The department also announced several public sessions for feedback on the proposed fantasy sports contests and event wagering rules. The department noted that final determinations still need to be made on sports betting license fees, the number of skins for each license, privilege fees and license allocation.

The first public session meeting has been set for Friday, June 18 at 9 a.m. for event wagering and 1 p.m. for fantasy sports contest. The second will be held on Monday, June 21, at 9 a.m. for fantasy sports contests and 1 p.m. for event wagering.

Arizona Sports Betting by the NFL Season

Recently, Arizona State Senator T.J. Shope expressed his optimism to Action Rush that the state’s sports betting launch would coincide with the start of the NFL season.

“That is definitely where we’re headed at this point. The Arizona Department of Gaming will now be issuing rules and such and hopefully, we’ll be in great shape for kickoff,” Shope told Action Rush.

Arizona has made rapid progress on its sports betting program since the approval of its bill and signing into law. 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.

The state has already announced several partnerships between its professional sport franchises and established sportsbooks. Both FanDuel and DraftKings have already agreed to partnerships with in-state professional sports franchises to operate retail and online sportsbooks. DraftKings will expand its existing commercial relationship with the PGA Tour to bring retail and mobile sports betting to Arizona, pending regulatory approval. In addition to online sports betting, DraftKings announced plans to construct a retails sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale.

FanDuel 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.

Caesars also announced a partnership with the Arizona Diamondbacks to launch mobile sports betting in Arizona and build a sportsbook and bar concept on the plaza adjacent to the team’s home, Chase Field.

William Hill is also a safe bet to be an option for the state. Robert Miguel, chairman of the Ak-Chin Indian Community, noted in a National Indian Gaming Association interview that the Ak-Chin Tribe will explore retail and online sports betting for its Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino. Harrah’s is owned by Caesars Entertainment, which recently acquired William Hill.

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