DraftKings officially announced it has entered into an agreement with the state to offer online sports betting and daily fantasy sports to Arizona gamblers, just days after a sports betting bill was approved by the Arizona State Senate.

DraftKings will expand its existing commercial relationship with the PGA Tour to bring retail and mobile sports betting to Arizona, pending regulatory approvals and Gov. Doug Ducey signing the sports betting bill into law.

In addition to online sports betting, Draft Kings announced plans to construct a retails sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale.

“This momentous effort to pursue a first-of-its-kind sportsbook with the PGA TOUR is a testament to the
vision of both organizations that we believe will ultimately benefit Arizona sports fans who want to
legally bet on sports,” Ezra Kucharz, chief business officer at Draft Kings, said in a press release.

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 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.

 

DraftKings First to Announce Move into Arizona Sports Betting Space

The announcement came just days after HB 2772 was passed by the state senate by a vote of 23-6. The bill allows for in-person and online sports betting, as well as the legalization of daily fantasy sports wagering in the state. Arizona was one of only six states in the country without legalized daily fantasy sports wagering.

Because the bill was passed by a greater than 2:1 margin it will receive “emergency authorization” and will expedite the process. It now goes to Gov. Ducey, who has long championed the bill, who could sign it into law within the week.

TPC Scottsdale is the first professional sport organization in the state to announce a partnership with a mobile sports operator. The Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Raceway may all open retail sportsbook in their facilities under the bill and/or partner with an online sportsbook providers.

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