Arizona sports betting deal approved by department of interior

Sports Betting

Gambling on sporting events and online fantasy sports betting became legal in Arizona on Monday, along with a host of new gambling options at tribal casinos, after the U.S. Department of the Interior approved an updated tribal gaming compact with the state.

Also key will be the number of licenses issued, whether it will be limited to just the casinos and but expanded to allow other cities and businesses in on the action. Last month a fair gaming group called on lawmakers to do just that.

The state’s professional sports teams also want in on sportsbook licenses with each team able to offer sports betting online and in person at their facilities. Two Arizona teams have announced gambling partnerships so far, the Arizona Diamondbacks with Caesars Entertainment and the Phoenix Suns with FanDuel.