September 9 Targeted For Arizona Sports Betting Launch

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Arizona sports betting hopefuls rejoice! The Arizona Department Of Gaming has announced it’s targeting Thursday, September 9 for a statewide rollout of online sports betting. 

If Arizona launches sports betting on the targeted date, bettors will be able to place wagers on the NFL 2021-22 season kickoff. Great news for Arizona Cardinals fans as the team takes on the Titans in a week 1 matchup. 

And if that’s the targeted date, you can also bet big players like DraftKings, BetMGM, FanDuel, and others will be ready to go live as soon as the state’s Department of Gaming gives them the all-clear. 

Which Sportsbooks Will Be Ready To Launch On September 9?

We won’t know exactly which sportsbooks will be ready for launch until the Department of Gaming announces AZ license holders, but there are a few operators that are safe bets. 

Caesars has a partnership in place with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the company recently purchased William Hill, making it an easy launch contender. 

Meanwhile, DraftKings has locked in a deal with the PGA Tour and TPC Scottsdale. FanDuel inked with the Phoenix Suns. The country’s two biggest sports betting rivals are ready to duke it out in Arizona as well. 

The other usual suspects for a new market launch are BetRivers, PointsBet, and BetMGM. All of these could be available on launch day in Arizona if granted a license. 

What Sports Will Arizona Bettors Be Able To Wager On?

There are precious few restrictions in Arizona’s sports betting legislation, which means there’ll be plenty of betting fodder available at launch. The elephant in the room is the NFL, which kicks off on the very day the state aims to launch. But other professional sports are fair game too, so Arizonans will be able to bet on the Diamondbacks (MLB) and Phoenix Suns (NBA) as well. 

The Story So Far

Relative to the slow legislative trickle of other markets, Arizona has moved at a steady clip. Talk of sports betting in the state reached a fever pitch in March, when the state House of Representatives passed House Bill 2772 48-12. The state Senate and governor Doug Ducey followed suit, approving the bill.

Then things got complicated. Even though the Arizona sports betting bill made it through the legislative ringer, there was still a tribal gaming compact to consider (which we covered in detail).

Once all the metaphorical hoops were jumped through and the US Department of the Interior approved a revised state-tribal gaming compact, the Arizona sports betting regulatory process began in earnest. 

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