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Arizona Sports Betting Kicks Off With Diamondbacks and Suns

Legal sports betting is now open for business in Arizona, as elected officials joined team representatives from two of Arizona’s professional sports franchises on Thursday.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey joined representatives of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Suns and the sportsbook industry to celebrate what he said is the launch of a new era for gaming in Arizona.

Ducey said this means new job opportunities, more tourism in the state and increased tax revenues that will benefit Arizonans and tribal communities.

The Caesars Sportsbook opened at Chase Field with Diamondbacks legend Luis Gonzalez and comedian J.B. Smoove, who appears in the Caesars commercials. Later Thursday, the FanDuel Sportsbook opened down the street at Footprint Center, with Suns officials and former NBA players and Arizona Wildcats alums Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye.

The governor signed H.B. 2772, which legalized fantasy sports and event wagering in Arizona.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.