Tribes Push for Online Sports Betting Amid State Opposition

DENVER, CO — The Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes are advocating for inclusion in the lucrative online sports betting market, facing resistance from the state. Here are the key points:

The Southern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Tribes are seeking to offer online sports betting services, but their efforts have encountered challenges from the state. Despite their ability to provide in-person sports betting at their casinos, the tribes are currently unable to implement online betting.

Online sports betting

The Issue

  • In-Person Betting: The tribes operate the Sky Ute Casino Resort in Ignacio and the Ute Mountain Casino Hotel in Towaoc, where in-person sports betting is allowed.
  • Online Betting: However, they face restrictions when it comes to online sports betting, which is dominated by large corporations. The tribes are requesting inclusion in this online gambling boom.

The Request

The tribes are urging the legislature to refer a measure to voters that would allow them to participate in online sports betting. They emphasize the urgency of this issue, as it directly impacts their revenue streams, especially considering the decline in fossil fuel revenues.

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