CNIGA Chairman Steve Stallings’ Statement on Tribal Sports Betting Initiative

Press Release
For Immediate Release

Contact: James May
(916) 754-7540

CNIGA Chairman Steve Stallings’ Statement on Tribal Sports Betting Initiative

November 14, 2019

“The tribally sponsored initiative filed today to amend the California Constitution to authorize and regulate sports wagering is the best example of well-written and responsible sports betting policy presented to date.

This initiative provides for a modest expansion of gambling in California by allowing tribal governments and currently licensed horse racing associations to accept wagers on sports and athletic events at their gaming properties.

A strong, well-regulated gaming industry is of utmost importance to California’s tribal governments and the public. This initiative allows sports wagering in a responsible manner and provides for transparency and strict regulation.

California voters have, on numerous occasions, confirmed the exclusive right of California tribal governments to operate casino-style games. Legalization of sports betting should not become a back-door way to infringe upon that exclusivity.”

About CNIGA:

The California Nations Indian Gaming Association is a non-profit association comprised of 35 federally recognized tribal governments dedicated to the protection of tribal sovereignty and the inherent right of tribes to have well-regulated gaming on Indian lands.

Economic Impact of Tribal Government Gaming:

Tribal government gaming operations in California generate an estimated $8 billion in economic output, of which $3.3 billion represents earnings by California workers, and supports over 63,000 jobs statewide. For more information about the economic impact of California tribal casinos and the link for the Economic Impact Study, visit

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