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Were you hoping for the first California sports betting hearing of 2020 to resemble the food-fight scene in Animal House with potentially more mean spirit behind each fling, you’re likely to be disappointed.
The Joint Assembly and Senate Governmental Organization Committees‘ informational hearing won’t feature anyone from California’s Indian gaming tribes, cardrooms or racetracks. It also will not feature online operators who would like to enter the state.
Instead, the hearing, which takes place today at 1:30 p.m. in Sacramento, will focus on an overview of regulated sports betting in America.
The California sports betting hearing is a couple of months later than originally expected. The chairmen previously tried to schedule the hearing for last November at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Following opening remarks from committee chairmen Sen. Bill Dodd and Assemblyman Adam Gray, the hearing will include the following panels:
Here’s an update on what happened in California relating to sports betting in 2019 and what to expect in 2020.
With this hearing, Sen. Bill Dodd and Rep. Adam Gray begin to explore what they want to include in a constitutional amendment to authorize CA sports betting. They are trying to put it on the ballot in November.
However, the state’s key Indian gaming tribes already have broken off to file their own ballot measure that would limit sports betting to brick-and-mortar tribal casinos and racetracks. This has fueled the war between California tribes and cardrooms.
Dodd told Legal Sports Report he favors a more inclusive sports betting model that would include mobile CA sports betting to maximize revenues and capture the black market for sports betting that already exists in the state.
The public comment period at the conclusion of the hearing provides the opportunity for California’s gaming industry stakeholders to provide their input. Animal House fans might want to keep watching until the end.