Sports betting would be allowed for the first time in Wisconsin if the federal government approves of a deal Gov. Tony Evers struck with the Oneida Nation on Thursday that would allow the gambling venture and similar wagering at the tribe’s casinos and affiliate locations.
Event wagering can include sports and events betting such as wagering on nationally televised award shows, professional sports league drafts and professional sporting events such as the National Football League, National Basketball Association or Major League Baseball.
If approved, the Oneida Nation can begin operations to allow event wagering at Oneida Casino and other properties owned or leased by the tribe. The deal would only allow for remote event wagering on land owned by the tribe or held in trust for the tribe by the federal government that contains a commercial building owned or leased by the Nation.
For example, a person could engage in sports betting on an app on their cell phone, but only if they were standing on certain tribal property.
The deal would only apply to the Oneida Nation, however, Department of Administration spokesperson Olivia Hwang said DOA is in talks with at least one other tribe about amending its gaming compact to allow sports betting.
She said other Wisconsin tribes are welcome to begin negotiations, as well.