Ducey wants to prioritize long list of needs to fund with legal sports wagering

A Las Vegas sports book. Legalized sports betting, now legal only in Nevada.

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

Gov. Doug Ducey is open to the idea of allowing Arizonans to place bets on sporting events at 55 off-track betting sites around the state.

The governor said Tuesday he wants to “maintain the culture and flavor of our state” in deciding who should get the right to offer wagering on professional and amateur sports. And historically that has been limited to tribal lands, a finding cemented into state law by voters in 2002.

But Ducey said he’s looking for what could be the best deal for the state — and generate the most money. And that, he said, could mean changes.

“The world’s changed tremendously since the year 2000,” the governor said. “We have the Internet online availability.”

And what most recently changed was the Monday ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that voided federal laws, which until now have precluded Arizona and most other states from allowing residents to place bets on sporting events.

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