The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) has announced its plans for online sportsbetting to go live on September 9th. The date was chosen very carefully with an important event in mind – the season opener of the NFL, a matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Licensed Sportsbooks in Arizona
In Arizona, there is room for 20 individual sportsbook operators, as the ADG is prepared to hand out as many licenses to tribal casinos and professional sports organizations. At the moment, only a few sportsbook deals have been drawn up – but, there is still time for operators to get involved.
The sportsbooks that have already made deals to operate in Arizona venues are:
- Bally Bet
- Barstool Sportsbooks
Betting Facilities at Sports Venues
One unique feature of Arizona’s sportsbetting legislation is the inclusion of sportsbooks at professional sports venues. Six organizations have licenses to open sportsbooks:
- Arizona Diamondbacks
- Arizona Cardinals
- Arizona Coyotes
- Phoenix Suns
- Phoenix Raceway
- TPC Scottsdale
The major baseball, basketball, football and hockey teams have secured betting licenses – as well as NASCAR and golf facilities. Since there are four more licenses up for grabs, we’re curious to see which sports organizations or venues will apply.
Retail sportsbooks will also be permitted at tribal casinos. There are 16 tribal casinos across the state, and 10 betting licenses available.
Arizona Sportsbetting Timeline
There are a number of key dates that those involved in Arizona’s sportsbetting market must keep in mind:
- August 9: The application window will close for companies hoping to obtain sportsbetting licenses
- August 16: The ADG will begin announcing which applicants have successfully received licenses
- August 27: The last day that the ADG will announce successful applicants
- August 28: Punters can download betting apps and register accounts; licensees can start marketing their sportsbetting services
- September 9: Sportsbooks can launch
This is going to be a very busy time in the leadup to sportbetting going live in Arizona. Prospective licensees have just under two weeks to get their applications in, and the ADG has a month to review them.
Still, it doesn’t sound like an incredibly tight deadline. If the ADG has its sights set on a September 9 launch so Arizona bettors can wager on the NFL season opener, it’s highly likely that everything will be ready to go by then.