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California Sports Betting Podcast: How Politics Will Play a Role in November

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Californians could legalize sports betting in fewer than 100 days.

At nearly twice the population of New York, the largest currently legal U.S. betting market, California comes with billions of dollars at stake. Consequently, commercial operators and tribal casinos are waging a brutal war over Proposition 27, which paves the way for online betting should voters approve it on November 8th.

To discuss the politics of it all and the unique dynamics between stakeholders, Action Network’s Sam McQuillan sat down with Dan Walters of, for a special episode of the USBets podcast Gamble On.

Like Action Network, USBets is part of Better Collective.

1:10: Walters explains the players involved and the measures on the ballot

5:30: Motivations and confusion around ballot initiatives

8:44: Nature of advertising and messaging for California residents

11:40: Other important players and parties for or against the measure(s)

16:43: Dueling ballot measures in potential conflict: What happens if they both pass, which parts survive, and when might legal sports betting begin?

21:10: If the measure doesn’t pass, proponents can try, try again

25:00: Walters ventures a guess about how 27 will play out

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