The legal dispute over sports betting laws involving the Yavapai Prescott Tribe in Arizona is moving towards a settlement.

Yavapai Prescott Tribe Arizona Sports Betting Lawsuit Headed Toward Settlement
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A significant sports betting legal case in Arizona is reaching its final stages.

A supplemental document was filed with the Maricopa County Superior Court on February 22nd by legal representatives for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona Department of Gaming Director Ted Vogt, and the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe, announcing a preliminary agreement for a settlement. They are seeking more time to obtain final approval.

Both parties were given a 60-day break in early November to discuss a possible agreement.

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Latest information on the case update.

The deadlines in the case were extended last week as the parties continue to work towards finalizing a settlement.

The parties have been in negotiations to settle the case since it was reinstated. They have now reached a preliminary agreement to resolve the litigation and related issues, including making amendments to the current Tribal-State Gaming Compacts that involve all 22 Tribes in the state, as stated in the motion.

Hence, the necessary logistics and procedures involving all sovereign governmental entities to obtain final approval will require additional time.

By February, the Arizona sports betting market had fully developed with the introduction of the last three licensed mobile sports operators: Bally Bet, Hard Rock Sportsbook, and Betway.

It is uncertain whether the Yavapai Prescott Indian Tribe will be permitted to provide mobile betting at their casino as part of the settlement.

The Journey that Brought Us Here

In late August 2021, the YPIT initiated legal action against Arizona betting apps, alleging that Arizona House Bill 2772, which legalized sports betting in the state, infringed upon the state’s Voter Protection Act and Proposition 202, which authorized gaming on Indian land.

Superior Court Judge James Smith dismissed the initial complaint, filed at the end of August, on Labor Day. Judge Smith ruled that the YPIT failed to demonstrate the necessity of the legal action.

In late September, an updated complaint was submitted by the Tribe. The Governor’s legal team responded in mid-October with a motion to dismiss, arguing that the Tribe had delayed filing the complaint and cautioning about potential adverse effects on the 10 Arizona tribes and eight sports teams with sports betting licenses.

Negotiations for a settlement have been ongoing since November, and in January, the parties finalized an updated timeline for the case as they approached a resolution.

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Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher brings over seven years of experience in sports and sports betting coverage in Arizona, with previous roles at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News. He now leads the writing team at yengols.com.

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