California tribes unite against 2024 sports betting initiative

Tyrone Cutajar 2 weeks ago
California tribes unite against 2024 sports betting initiative

Representing 52 tribes in the state, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) has voted unanimously to oppose a sports betting initiative slated for 2024.

CNIGA rejects proposal

The initiative, introduced by Kasey Thompson and Reeve Collins, faced backlash as the majority of gaming tribes expressed dissatisfaction, claiming insufficient consultation on the proposed introduction of sports gambling in California.

Boyd Gaming and Pala Tribe step back from sports betting controversy

Boyd Gaming, a prominent casino and entertainment company, distanced itself from the sports betting plans after acquiring Pala Interactive for over US$ 170 million last year.

Notably, Pala Interactive, associated with Thompson and Collins, developed an online gaming platform in collaboration with the Pala Band of Mission Indians. Both the Pala tribe, not affiliated with CNIGA, and Boyd Gaming have disavowed the controversial sports betting proposals, adding complexity to the unfolding situation.

Striving for consensus

Thompson and Collins are seeing majority support from the tribal opposition. The CNIGA’s resolute opposition, with 18 tribes voting against and 7 abstaining, underscores the lack of tribal backing. The ongoing challenge involves finding a consensus that satisfies all parties within the gaming industry in the state.

Undeterred by the widespread rejection, initiative sponsors Thompson and Collins have pledged not to advance the proposal until they secure majority support from California tribes.

Facing the controversy, Thompson and Collins aim to address concerns and garner support to implement a plan that brings sports betting operations under tribal control and state gaming regulators. This strategy opens the door for partnerships with established gaming companies like DraftKings and FanDuel, allowing tribes in California to enter alliances with leading sportsbook operators from regulated states.

Unanimous rejection by California Tribes

California tribes confront internal divisions over sports betting, the future of the 2024 initiative remains uncertain.

The unanimous rejection by CNIGA signifies a united front against external influences and emphasizes the importance of tribal consultation in shaping the state’s gaming landscape.

Thompson and Collins’ commitment to seeking majority support highlights the ongoing negotiations within the tribal gaming community. As the saga unfolds, the intricate dynamics of tribal alliances and the evolving sports betting landscape in California will undoubtedly continue to captivate industry observers.

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