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Petition To Start On California Sports Betting Proposal

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2024-01-09

Petition To Start On California Sports Betting Proposal

Petition To Start On California Sports Betting Proposal

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Supporters of the California sports betting initiatives are set to launch a signature-gathering campaign, with the aim of putting 1.2 million petitions on the street. Kasey Thompson, the organizer of the campaign, estimates that the entire effort could cost a staggering $25 million. The success of the signature-gathering campaign relies heavily on garnering support from various stakeholders, including tribes, sports leagues, and operators.

To qualify for the November ballot, the California sports betting initiatives need 874,641 valid signatures. The suggested submission deadline for validation is April 23. Thompson is determined to achieve this goal but acknowledges the need for widespread support. He emphasizes the importance of gaining the backing of tribes, sports leagues, and operators before proceeding with the ballot initiative.

“I’m going to give this a real shot,” Thompson told LSR. “But I would like to get more support. Not only from the tribes, but from the sports leagues, the out of town operators, and the land-based operators. And as long as I’m gaining support, I will continue with the signature-gathering campaign until it is achieved on the ballot.

“I’m not going to put it on the ballot without the support of the tribes. We’ll find out a lot in the next six weeks.”

According to the title and summary provided by the state Attorney General, the proposed California sports betting initiatives include the following key points:

Thompson believes that these initiatives will benefit all 110 tribes in California. He claims that it will create $50 million for each tribe within the first five years of implementation.

While Thompson has gained support from a small faction of revenue-sharing tribes, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA), which includes prominent tribes such as the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, strongly opposes the initiatives. Jacob Mejia, VP of public and external affairs for the Pechanga Development Corporation, stated that the initiatives would result in another rejection of sports wagering and cause significant delays in legalization.

It remains unclear how the opposing tribes will proceed, but there are concerns about potential confusion among California voters. A tribal source mentioned that once the tribes voice their opposition, it could create uncertainty and hinder the progress of the initiatives. Victor Rocha, conference chair of the Indian Gaming Association, believes that achieving success will be a formidable task.

“It has to be perfect, and I haven’t seen any sign that these guys are geniuses,” Rocha said.

If the California sports betting initiatives are successful, the legalization of sports betting could have a significant economic impact on the state. Apart from the revenue generated from sports wagering itself, the initiative proposes that participating tribes pay a portion of their profits to nonparticipating tribes and the state for regulatory costs. This revenue-sharing model aims to ensure that all tribes benefit from the legalization, fostering unity among the tribal gaming community.

Thompson asserts that the initiatives could generate $50 million for each tribe within the first five years. This influx of revenue would undoubtedly have a positive effect on tribal communities, supporting various programs and initiatives. Furthermore, the legalization of sports betting could boost tourism and create employment opportunities in the state.




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