04-23-2013, 09:40 PM
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| | California senator believes expanded legalized sports betting is coming to U.S.
dude seems to have the right idea, maybe getting ''tribal'' is the best approach. California senator believes expanded legalized sports betting is coming to U.S. - Linemakers - Sporting News
Sports betting bill gets majority approval in committee hearing |
State senator Roderick Wright is leading the charge for sports betting in California.
By: David Purdum
Published: Apr 23, 2013
California Sen. Roderick Wright believes expanded legalized sports betting is coming to the United States and wants his state to be ready when it happens.
Wright presented his bill, SB 190, during a committee hearing Tuesday and received unanimous support. If passed, the bill would allow California's race tracks and tribal casinos to offer sports betting.
The law would only go into effect if the federal government amends or overturns the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), which prohibits all but four states -- Nevada, Delaware, Montana and Oregon -- from offering forms of legal sports betting.
"The idea is we want to get this statue in place so that should the federal law make a change, or should New Jersey be successful, we'd be ready to go," Wright said during the hearing.
New Jersey is currently in a legal battle with the NCAA, NFL and other professional sports leagues to bring legalized sports betting to its race tracks and casinos. New Jersey is appealing an initial ruling in favor of the leagues, and oral arguments are expected to be heard in June in the 3rd District Court of Appeals.
Wright told the Senate that there are no plans to take on the federal government in a similar legal battle, but he did say that he anticipates the federal government will eventually open up a window to allow states to opt-in and offer legalized sports betting. Wright added that the state has already sent two resolutions to the federal government asking it to overturn PASPA.
SB 190 prohibits wagering on any collegiate game that takes place in California or any game that involves a California college team, regardless of where it's played. Still, representatives from Stanford and the University of California were among those who expressed opposition, citing the NCAA's stance of not allowing states that offer single-game sports betting to host sanctioned championships.
Wright countered by re-emphasizing that the law would only go into effect if the federal law is changed and said, therefore, the NCAA would have no grounds to punish the state for participating in a legal activity.
"We would sue the NCAA, if they were to oppose the state of California for doing an activity that was legal within the state and granted by Supreme Court of the United States," Wright said. "And I believe they will do that."
SB 190 faces several more steps before it would reach Gov. Jerry Brown's desk, but the outlook is positive. Harsh P. Parikh, a gaming attorney for Snell & Wilmer, says the bill may require some amending to appease concerns from California's various tribal communities. Parikh believes that if the bill's author can alleviate many of the tribal concerns, the bill has a good chance of passing.
The bill initially received seven "aye" votes from the 11-person committee Tuesday, but picked up the support of the rest of the committee by the end of the hearing.