Last Updated on July 15, 2021

The Arizona Department of Gaming announced it has already begun to draft rules to quickly and safely implement sports betting and new forms of gaming in the state following Gov. Doug Ducey’s signing of a bill into law to make in-person and online sports betting legal.

Several state representatives have expressed a desire for Arizona to begin taking sports bets during the upcoming NFL season.

Ducey signed House Bill 2772 and the amended Tribal-State Gaming Compacts into law earlier this month. The Arizona Department of Gaming will adopt rules and act as the primary regulator and enforcement body for fantasy sports contests and event wagering.

“I am excited to see House Bill 2772 pass through the legislature and signed by Governor Ducey,” Ted Vogt, director of the Arizona Department of Gaming, said in the release. “The Department is already hard at work drafting rules and procedures to ensure the safety and security of the Arizona betting public as we look towards implementing event and fantasy sports wagering in the months ahead.”

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.

Timeline for Arizona Online Sports Betting

Gov. Ducey signed the house bill into law on April 15 and the Arizona Department of Gaming has a 60-day statutory requirement to draft rules for fantasy sports contests and event wagering. Industry stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide feedback to a first draft of the rules. After the input, the department will finalize the drafted rules and post them for public inspection and comment.

on April 16 the amended Tribal-State gaming compacts were submitted to the Federal Department of the Interior – Office of Indian Gaming. The department now has 45 days to review and approve the compacts, and if no action is taken they are automatically approved after 45 days. The approved compacts are then submitted to the Federal Register, which has 90 days to officially publish the compacts. After they are published, the compacts become operational in the state.

Once both the compacts and the rulemaking process is complete, the new legalized games will become operational.

FanDuel and DraftKings Already Moving Into Arizona Online Sports Betting

Both FanDuel and DraftKings have 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.

Robert Linnehan
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