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California’s $364 Million Sports-Betting Fight Is Getting Messy

  • Some tribes are allying with DraftKings, FanDuel to get online
  • Others want sports betting confined to casino properties
Josh Naylor of the Cleveland Indians misses the catch at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. 

Josh Naylor of the Cleveland Indians misses the catch at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. 

 Photographer: Ron Vesely/Getty Images

California has the potential to become, it’s estimated, a multi-billion-dollar sports gambling market, larger than everywhere in the world except the UK.

Which is why, with 11 weeks left to the November election, casinos, American Indian tribes and other interested parties have put up some $364 million -- the greatest amount ever spent on a state ballot measure -- to try to legalize it, shape it or kill it.