California tribal leaders are divided on whether to allow sports betting at Indian casinos. They are largely opposed to legalization and digital wagering, but many are united in opposing outside interests. They also successfully blocked sports betting legislation in the state legislature several years ago. A sports betting bill on the November 2022 ballot is likely to face the same fate.
The propositions will determine how many sports events are legal in California. The state has been slow to make this move due to a long wrangling over who can operate sports books. However, there are some recent developments that could change the future of sports betting in California.
A California ballot initiative may allow sports betting at tribal casinos and other gaming properties. It could be legalized by 2023. Two initiatives backed by gaming tribes, Proposition 26 and Proposition 27 could lead to sports betting in California casinos and on online sportsbooks. If approved by voters, it could begin to operate as soon as 2023. California casinos and sports betting sites could allow sports wagering in certain events, including professional and college games. However, California college sports teams would not be allowed to wager on their own games unless they are participating in a tournament.
The state’s proposed legislation could result in a large amount of revenue for the state. Experts estimate that sports wagering in California could generate $20 billion or more annually.