The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) has expressed its satisfaction at the withdrawal of two initiatives aimed at legalizing sports betting in the state, and has warned against further attempts in the future. The initiatives, which would have given tribes exclusive rights to offer sports betting in California, were withdrawn after facing fierce opposition from tribes in the state.
The proposals, known as the ‘Tribal Gaming Protection Act’ and ‘The Sports Wagering Regulation and Tribal Gaming Protection Act’, aimed to amend the California constitution to grant tribes exclusive rights to offer retail and online betting. However, the CNIGA rejected the proposals, calling them “cynical attempts to legalize sports wagering and online betting in California.”
The CNIGA also criticized the initiatives for attempting to use tribes’ good names to benefit illegal offshore online gambling corporations. The group warned against others who may seek to enter the California gaming market in a dubious manner, stating that using tribes for personal gain will get them nowhere.
The initiatives faced criticism from the CNIGA as well as the SBA, a group of operators including DraftKings and FanDuel, who expressed their opposition. The lack of tribal support was cited as the key reason for the failure of the initiatives, along with general apathy towards sports betting in California.
Brendan Bussman, managing partner at B Global Advisors, emphasized the need for compromise and the importance of listening to tribal voices in any future attempts to legalize sports betting in California. Despite the potential of the market, there has never been a strong public push to legalize sports betting in the state.
In conclusion, the failure of the two initiatives has led to a warning against further attempts to legalize sports betting in California. The lack of tribal support and public enthusiasm for sports betting, along with opposition from tribal and commercial groups, has made it clear that any future attempts will need to address these concerns.