It is increasing the likelihood that California voters will approve one of two legalized sports betting referendums in November, according to gaming industry experts.
Eilers & Krejcik Gaming, an independent market research firm, reported to customers on Wednesday that two competitive measures, one that can only bet on tribal lands and the other that offer online options, could divide voters by high-profile lobbyists are attracting and consulting firms.
Critics of the bill fear it makes it too easy for anyone under 21 to bet on games.
“MLB believes Proposition 27 can create a safe and responsible online sports betting marketplace in California, where millions of MLB fans seek alternatives to illegal offshore betting sites,” the League said in a statement.
The legalization of sports betting, once restricted to Las Vegas, has been approved in more than half of the US and 21 states allow online betting.