The latest legal challenge to a tribal initiative in California sports betting failed, meaning the proposal looks headed to the ballot for voters to consider later this year.
It’s just the most recent development in ongoing sparring between opposing factions in California. One side wishes to expedite legal online betting, while the other wants to confine sports betting to in-person wagers at tribal casinos.
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Latest Challenge To Tribal Sports Betting In California
According to Matthew Kredell at PlayCA, the California Supreme Court shut down the third and latest attempt by the anti-tribal faction to block the tribal bill for California sports betting.
As a reminder, the tribal bill would open the door for on-site wagers in California as early as this year. However, with no provision for online wagering, that would block off a massive portion of potential revenue for the state. Some American states have been raking in more than 98% of their revenue from online wagering.
The court challenge was based on the state giving the tribal faction a second extension to get the necessary signatures to get their proposal onto the November ballot. They got the extensions due to COVID-19 interrupting the collection process.
Already, two previous challenges had been nixed.
A spokersperson for the tribal California sports betting initiatives called the lawsuits “frivolous” and “meritless.”
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What’s Next In California?
Unless something seismic happens in the next few months, expect the initiative to make its way to the ballot for the late 2022 vote.
While voters could approve the initiative in order to get sports betting quickly legalized into the state, they would also be signing off on no online wagering for the foreseeable future. In fact, no online betting would become legal for at least five years.
A competing initiative would legalize online betting. However, that has not gotten locked into inclusion on the ballot as of yet.