Tribal Casinos Are Still Interested in Alabama Moving Forward With Sports Betting

Nothing good has come up for excitement on Alabama sports betting, as things are still in a total stand still. Several bills have been presented in the past, but they’ve gotten shot down. However, this doesn’t take away from the fact that the tribal casinos are still interested in Alabama moving forward with sports betting. Matter of fact, those casinos know just how important the legalization would be for them, and the citizens of the state.

As things stand, there are three tribal casinos that are in operation: the Poarch Band of Creek Indians own those casinos. Keep in mind that this is for the entire state. Should sports betting be legalized, these casinos would surely look to add sportsbooks to their locations, which would only bring in more people to their spots. Imagine where people could play card games, and then also check out the NFL odds and lay some bets.

What’s important to note here too is that the Poarch Band of Creek Indians also owns the Wind Creek Casino, which is located in Pennsylvania. At that specific casino, they’ve partnered up with Betfred as its source for sports betting. If Alabama were in fact to legalize sports betting down the road, the relationship would already be there for Betfred to get things under operation pretty dang quickly too.

Having said that, this is all reliant on a bill being presented and being approved. In the past, officials in Alabama have done their best to try and get sports betting added to the agenda and voted through, but things haven’t had success. There was hope that the most-recent bill would receive a lot of positive feedback, but nothing was able to get done. We’ll see if the tribes step in and put on some pressure for sports betting to come to fruition or not as well.

Alabama sports betting future is unknown

Despite the tribes wanting change to arrive, Alabama’s sports betting future is unknown. Everyone is hoping that Alabama will whip into shape in the near future, but legislation hasn’t gone promising for the sports betting efforts. What adds to the frustration for sports bettors is that they continue having to travel to nearby states to make their bets. Two states in particular stand out: Tennessee and Mississippi.

Both Tennessee and Mississippi have legalized sports betting, though you can only make in-person bets in Mississippi, while only online bets are allowed in the Volunteer State. Despite that, those two places have seen an increase in visitors from Alabama, especially during the college football season. With the Alabama Crimson Tide hoping to make it back to the College Football Playoff, people all over Alabama religiously check the NCAAF betting odds.

Nick Saban and Bryce Young are ready to make plenty of noise, and the recent loss to the University of Tennessee isn’t going to slow them down in trying to win another title. However, no one in Alabama can bet on the Crimson Tide, or Auburn University for that matter, in legal fashion. Yes, illegal bets are still being made, but nothing is being done to correct that issue right now. This must change.

With other states like California, Florida, Texas and others working around the clock to legalize sports betting, you’d think that Alabama would also want to enjoy a slice of this pie too. Sports betting is an industry worth billions and billions of dollars. Alabama, and the other states mentioned, are losing out on a serious amount of revenue with each day that passes without sports betting. You can only keep your fingers crossed that won’t be the case down the road.

Opposition remains high for Alabama sports betting

One of the big things holding any movement from being recorded here is that the opposition remains high for Alabama sports betting. Don’t forget that Alabama is a pretty big republican state, with plenty of the lawmakers holding on to traditional beliefs and values. Because of this, a lot of officials want nothing to do with sports betting, as they think it could lead to an array of issues for citizens.

It goes without saying, but gambling addiction is one of the biggest worries for states as they try and push for legal sports betting. This is 100 percent the case in Alabama too, as there’s fear that the numbers will continue to grow. However, right now any gambling issue for a person is with them dealing with illegal activity. Nothing is regulated and everything that’s being done is against the law.

With so many people trying to stand in the way of sports betting in Alabama, it’s making the uphill battle that much steeper. Despite this, there are still countless folks who are supportive of the idea and they’re hoping the governor can step in and get the ball rolling as well. Whether or not that happens or not remains to be seen, but Alabama needs to act fast and figure out a solution in this case once and for all.

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis Jr. comes from Mississippi where he and his family spend their days discussing college football and basketball. He's written sports journalism for years after studying journalism at a local university.