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Sports betting gets the green light in Washington

Sports betting gets the green light in Washington
After debates about legalizing it, sports betting received the green light in Washington.
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Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA) Executive Director Rebbeca George said last Friday that sports betting has been given the green light in Washington. According to information, the US Department of the Interior completes the legalization of tribal sports betting in Washington, making nine deals for the market.

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In addition, the Department announced federal approval of agreements made to charge the tribes, Spokane, Cowlitz, Squaxin, Tulalip, Stillaguamish, Suquamish, Snoqualmie, Lummi, and Puyallup. Through this, WIGA's Executive Director commented that the legalization of sports betting in Washington is a critical milestone for many sectors: "This marks a major milestone in Washington State’s Native American tribes’ efforts to strengthen the self-reliance of our tribal communities".

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As a result, seven tribal pacts have been revised to legalize sports betting, and should be given the go-ahead by the Department of the Interior in the coming weeks. To underscore the decision, Rebecca commented on the launch of sports betting on tribal casino facilities. With this, it is expected the availability of safe and regulated sports betting.
"This approval marks the completion of a critical regulatory step toward launching sports betting on the premises of tribal casinos. We now expect the availability of safe and regulated sports betting to begin at tribal casinos across Washington State in the next few months."
Building on his speech, George commented on the development of the process, emphasizing "the culmination of a comprehensive regulatory approval process." In addition, the Director spoke about the agreement made with the Department to highlight the history of the tribes of Washington. That said, the Director stressed the importance that tribes have had over the past three decades: "We do gaming right, and the public can rest assured that we will conduct sports betting in a fair and careful manner. It also ratifies the legislature’s carefully considered decision to limit sports betting to tribal casinos, which will ensure that revenues from this activity will stay in our state and boost our local economy"
Among other information, George added the fact that sports betting and gambling contribute to more than 37,000 jobs in Washington alone. The Director mentioned that in 2017, the game generated US$5.3 billion in gross product for the state: "Tribal gaming supports more than 37,000 jobs in Washington, and in 2017 yielded more than $5.3bn in gross state product. That activity produced an estimated $722m in state and local government revenue, plus an additional $352m in one-time capital expenditures. Sports betting will now add to that economic benefit."
In the process, there was the presentation of 16 tribes that had amendments to their pacts. That said, the Washington State Gaming Commission approved the regulation, which was subsequently signed by Jay Islee, Governor of the state. As such, the government's ratification makes sports betting legal for the first time in Washington.
That way, sports betting is finally legal in Washington. The document can be consulted in the Federal Register, where it was clear that the modality is now part of the State Law. Also, it's worth mentioning that Washington's sports betting approval took place around the new National Football League (NFL) season.
The National Football League regular season is expected to start on September 9th, according to information, with the Buccaneers and Cowboys clubs at 9:20 pm (Eastern Time). The game will be valid for the first week of the championship.

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