Arizona’s sports betting is shelved for 2021 as consensus fails

Legalizing sports betting in Arizona will probably have to wait until at least 2021, as the state and tribal operators have failed to reach consensus in several draft legislations so far.

Arizona has decided on a two-pronged approach towards the legalization of sports betting in 2020. Specifically, lawmakers have tried mustering support from both the House of Representatives and Senate, but both attempts have hit a snag, as tribal operators have not approved any of the proposed draft bills, and lawmakers have had their reservations.

The first such attempt was HB 2813, a sports betting bill sponsored by Republican Senator Sonny Borrelli and Republican Representative Stephen Pierce, seeking to empower retail betting shops.

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