TULSA - We're hearing from local tribes regarding Monday’s announcement that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of sports betting in our country.
Previously, federal law had prohibited the practice in most states. Following the decision, Oklahoma tribal officials were eager to comment.
Byron Bighorse, the CEO of Osage Casinos, seems to be in favor of the ruling.
“Osage Casinos is pleased with the news of this ruling, and it is certainly a step in the right direction. Unfortunately, we still have many hurdles to overcome to be able to tap into this $150 billion industry. The ruling allows states to authorize sports betting, but it is not currently legal in the State of Oklahoma. As a state and as a Nation, new revenue streams are vital to health of our citizens and economy. It is our hope the state legislature will take a closer look at this opportunity."
Mark Fulton, the Chief Operating Officer for Cherokee Nation Entertainment, wasn’t complaining about the ruling either.
"While this is a win for tribes and states, the legal framework still needs to be established in Oklahoma and other states. This begins paving the way for the industry to be regulated, and we look forward to working with the state of Oklahoma on how to implement sports betting in a way that's positive for all parties."
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