With both tribal and commercial operators voicing opposition, California’s sports betting proposals have been put on hold.
Despite measures intended for their benefit, the state’s largest tribal association and operator association were united in opposition to the proposals. The decision to withdraw also followed the California Attorney General’s approval of the two ballot measures to start gathering signatures.
Kasey Thompson, speaking on behalf of proposer, Eagle1 Acquisitions Corporation, said that tribal opposition was the primary reason for the group’s decision to abandon the measures.
The California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) restated its opposition in December, and the majority of the state’s tribes were broadly opposed. They had decided not to pursue an Off-Site Betting (OSB) push in 2024 due to unfavourable polling and the failure of the 2022 campaign.