Gov. Gavin Newsom further dooms CA online sports betting Prop 27

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Proposition 27 CA CAlifornia

California online sports betting has not looked likely for months now, but Gov. Gavin Newson has arguably put the nail in the coffin with polling also suggesting that both CA Proposition 26 and 27 will not pass.

Newsom said (via Politico) that “Proposition 27 is bad for California. It would hurt California’s Indian Tribes, increase the risks of underage gambling and push billions of dollars out of California and into the pockets of out-of-state corporations. Vote No on 27″.

Proposition 27 would allow sports betting online (through mobile apps) state-wide. It’s been backed by several large commercial operators, with BetMGM, FanDuel and DraftKings amongst the loudest, plus sports league MLB getting behind the proposition too. In the latest polling, 34% of people said they would vote yes on the Prop, which falls comfortably short of the required amount for it to be considered for legislation.

The large operators seem to have also given up, withdrawing advertising funding as the battle for online sports wagering in CA beat records for marketing spend on any ballot Proposition. Between both sides, close to half a billion US Dollars has been spent on marketing campaigns.

The vehement opponents of the Proposition (Newsom now included) are most prominently a significant coalition of Native American tribes who currently enjoy the only legalized retail gaming in the state.

When is likely for CA online sports betting?

Operators will not be giving up on Proposition 27 though, and have already claimed that 2024 may be more likely.

Legal sports operators will be hoping that case studies such as a tax success story in the state of New York will help show the local governance and population that legalized sports betting can provide a true benefit across the state.

The California online sports betting market is touted by analysts as to potentially be the biggest of any state should it be legalized, given the vast population and demographic.

Neil is a gambling industry veteran with over 15 years experience as a content writer, editor and speaker at events. He has a Masters degree in English Literature and Philosophy and has combined this analytical inquisitiveness with a passion for sports betting and casino gaming. Neil started his career with and helped build not only that site but various others such as, and numerous other sports informational sites, including and He then made the transition to the North American market, working both in the UK and in New Jersey to launch various sports betting and casino sites, including AmericanBettingExperts and NewAmericanCasinos. Working with regulators, Neil has helped to review sports betting sites and also test the regulated betting apps in a professional capacity. He now works almost exclusively in the US market and is one of the main reviewers and fact checkers on SportsLens gambling content. He also speaks at various gambling conferences including ICE, iGB Live and SBC Americas and has contributed to GamblingInsider, EGR Magazine and a number of others in a consulting capacity.

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