Sports Handle: California’s Proposition 27 Scores Big With MLB Endorsement

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Major League Baseball on Friday became the first professional sports league to stand up in support of California’s Proposition 27, the statewide mobile wagering initiative that will be on the November ballot. The statement capped a week of opposition press releases featuring California state lawmakers, two education groups, and a homelessness advocate group.

Over the last few months, Proposition 27 has faced public opposition as civic groups, lawmakers, and many others in California have chosen to lend their support to the state’s tribes, who have exclusivity to gaming in California and say that Proposition 27 challenges their sovereignty.

Earlier this week, the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California said Proposition 27 is
“full of loopholes and deductions that will only benefit the online sports betting operators that will take their profits out of state and away from our Native American tribes” while lawmakers focused on the perceived threat to tribal sovereignty should the initiative pass. Meanwhile, two educators’ groups said Proposition 27 would give “youth unprecedented access to gambling.”

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