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Fantasy sports contests go live in Arizona on Saturday

Gamblers won't be able to bet on traditional sports online until Sept. 9.

PHOENIX — Fantasy sports contests go live Saturday in Arizona, a state that was among the last holdouts in legalizing the collection of winnings. 

Legislation that Gov. Doug Ducey signed earlier this year greatly expanded sports betting in Arizona. Six operators have licenses to sign up players who build their own teams and wager on virtual games. 

Gamblers won't be able to bet on traditional sports online until Sept. 9.

The Arizona Department of Gaming awarded licenses Friday to 10 Native American tribes and eight professional sports teams or venues. Sixteen tribes had applied for a license.

The local tribes awarded licenses included:

  • Fort Mojave Indian Tribe (SuperBook Sports) 
  • Navajo Nation 
  • Quechan Tribe (Unibet Arizona)
  • Tonto Apache Tribe (Churchill Downs)
  • Tohono O’odham Nation  
  • Hualapai Tribe (Golden Nugget)
  • Ak-Chin Indian Community 
  • San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe (Digital Gaming)
  • San Carlos Apache Tribe (Wynn) 
  • Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation  

The sports teams awarded licenses include:

  •  Arizona Cardinals (BetMGM)
  • Arizona Diamondbacks (William Hill)
  • Phoenix Suns (FanDuel) 
  • Arizona Coyotes 
  • Phoenix Mercury (Ballys)
  • TPC Scottsdale (DraftKings) 
  • Phoenix Speedway (Penn National)
  • Arizona Rattlers (Rush Street Interactive) 

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