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What’s The Best Approach When It Comes To California Sports Betting?

Gamblers stand at betting windows at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
Gamblers stand at betting windows at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
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There are competing plans for what legalized sports betting could look like this year, one from state lawmakers and another from a coalition of 18 Native American tribes.

Assemblymember Adam Gray and state Sen. Bill Dodd filed legislation that would authorize sports betting, but other details remain unclear, according to the Los Angeles Times. The lawmakers plan to hold an informational meeting looking at California sports betting on Wednesday. Native American tribes, including the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, are supporting a ballot initiative for 2020 would allow live sports betting at racetracks and tribal casinos only. It would not allow online betting at commercial casinos.

Today on AirTalk, we discuss the California different proposals and take a look at the national landscape when it comes to legalized sports betting. Do you have thoughts? Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722.

We reached out to the California Nations Indian Gaming Association but did not receive an immediate response to our request for an interview.


Kyle Kirkland, president of the California Gaming Association

Adam Candee, managing editor for Legal Sports Report, a trade publication covering the legal sports betting and daily fantasy sports industries; he tweets @adamcandee