California Sports Betting Battle Getting Messy

Lawmakers in the state of California have attempted to legalize sports betting for years, but those efforts have always seemed to come up short. Now, this effort will be left up to the voters in the state, and the big decision will come in November of this year.

There are two different groups attempting to get sports betting legalized in the state, as there will be two different propositions on the ballot in November. Sportsbook operators are hoping to get online sports betting up and running, while Native American tribes want to limit betting to retail locations.

Proposition 27 seems to be the one that is causing the most controversy in the state of California, as a majority of people are wanting to keep sports betting in the state. Proposition 27 would create a mobile sports betting industry that is similar to what is seen throughout the rest of the country.

Native American tribes have opposed Prop 27 since it became a possibility, even though the operators would have to be tied to the tribes. Proposition 26 is also on the table in November, and this would limit all betting to the tribal casinos within the state.

The Native American tribes were the first to gather up enough signatures to get this proposition on the ballot. This also comes with some issues as it would keep the card rooms in the state from being able to offer any form of betting.

California could become a massive sports betting market if either one of the Propositions pass, and there is actually a chance that both will as well. Both sides are starting pretty aggressive ad campaigns throughout the state in hopes of derailing the other initiative.

Both Parties Against Proposition

Proposition 26 has some support from lawmakers in the state of California, but that is not the case with Proposition 27. Both political parties in the state of California have spoken out against Prop 27 as they do not want the sportsbook operators to take over the state.

Gavin Newsom, California Governor, has not taken a firm stance on Proposition 27 as he has chosen to remain neutral. The stance from Newsom is a bit different than that from other lawmakers, as several have been very open about the opposition.

The operators behind Proposition 27 have maintained that revenue from sports betting would go to help stop the homeless problem. Lawmakers that opposed this initiative have made it clear that this would not be the case and hope that residents of the state are not fooled.

Some of the biggest names in the U.S. sports betting industry have teamed up to help support this proposition and have already raised hundreds of millions of dollars.

Both Initiatives Set to Fail?

The advertisements and marketing campaigns over the next few months can sway voters, but it appears that both groups have work to do. Voters in other states have been able to approve legal sports betting initiatives, but that process might look a bit different in California.

Eilers & Krejcik is a research firm that has plenty of history in researching efforts such as this. That group believes that both propositions are likely to fail in California when the final votes are tallied in November.

Native American tribes seem to be content with the failing of both propositions as opposed to trying to form partnerships with sports betting operators. If the vote does turn down both propositions, then lawmakers would be back to the drawing board in 2023.