This week Wisconsin's governor Tony Evers announced that the state has signed a compact with the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Native American tribe, giving the tribe the right to offer sportsbetting services at the group's casinos.
As a result of the agreement, the tribe will be able to provide betting services at casinos, allowing patrons to place wagers on football, basketball, hockey, baseball, and more. Wisconsin is home to the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Brewers, and Milwaukee Bucks, and will likely prove to be a lucrative betting ground for the 5.8 million people living in America's Dairyland.
At the same time Governor Evers announced deals with the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin, Forest County Potawatomi, and the Oneida Nation. These tribes will be able to offer event wagering, while the Lac Courte Oreilles Band will also be able to offer bets on non-sporting events.
Now that the deals have been signed, the contracts will go to the US Department of the Interior, which has 45 days to approve of, or deny the deal. It is widely expected that the deal will be approved and in place for the start of the NFL season, which begins next month.
Regarding the compact Governor Evers said, "Event wagering will generate additional revenue for the state and the tribe while giving a boost to tourism and employment in Northern Wisconsin."
Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa chairman Louis Taylor also commented, adding: "The amendment will allow us to continue offering a first-rate gaming experience at our casino and increase employment opportunities for both Tribal members and the Sawyer County area."