California Tribal Sports-Betting Initiative Receives Key Endorsement

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) announced its support Tuesday for a sports-betting initiative that was launched late last year by a coalition of tribes seeking to legalize wagering at brick-and-mortar tribal casinos and licensed horse racetracks.

CNIGA chairman James Siva said the initiative was the “responsible” way to expand gaming in California.

“There are threats and opportunities for tribes and our industry that call for tribal unity,” Siva said. “Primary among these opportunities is sports wagering … it is widely expected that California would permit the practice.”

As tribes have exclusive rights to Class III gaming in California, Siva said it was “not unreasonable to expect that legalization [will] involve us.”

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