Are you ready for some gambling? Here’s when sports betting will start in Arizona

Arizona State University alumni Phil Mickelson celebrates after making a birdie on the 16th hole of the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2018. A sportsbook is coming to the iconic TPC Scottsdale course. /Image: Getty

By Ryan Randazzo | Arizona Republic

Disclosure: Rose Law Group represents PGA Tour

Arizona gamblers can place legal bets on sports starting Sept. 9 when the defending NFL champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the Dallas Cowboys in the first game of the football season, the Arizona Department of Gaming announced Wednesday.

That leaves a few days for risk-tolerant gamblers who want to lay a bet on the Arizona Cardinals for their season opener Sunday, Sept. 12 against the Tennessee Titans.

Lawmakers approved sports betting and fantasy betting in a sweeping bill this year that also allows for expansions at tribal casinos.

The Gaming Department will regulate sportsbooks run by professional sports teams and tribes.

The department anticipates releasing draft rules on June 14, leaving more than two months to license sportsbooks. The U.S. Department of Interior approved the amended tribal-state gaming compacts last month.

Already three sportsbooks affiliated with professional sports are planned in the state. The Phoenix Suns announced FanDuel Group will be the team’s partner with a retail sportsbook in the arena planned for the 2021-22 NBA season.

The PGA Tour plans a sportsbook at TPC Scottsdale run by DraftKings Inc. The course is where the Waste Management Phoenix Open is played. Several locations are under consideration, according to the announcement.


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June 2021