AGLC Call for Proposals for Online and Retail Sports Betting Options | The Canadian News

Alberta gamblers will soon have a new legal option to hedge their bets: sports.

The province is moving forward with plans to legalize sports betting, calling for proposals to establish a market in Alberta.

Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC) said it is working towards retail and online sports betting options with mobile extensions to be established in 2022.

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As a first step in this process, AGLC is seeking two proponents to provide some flexibility and options in the first phase, and will consider additional opportunities as the market continues to develop.

“Opening the bidding process for retail sports betting in Alberta is another exciting step for sports fans in the province,” said AGLC President and CEO Kandice Machado.

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“AGLC is proud to facilitate this next step that will engage the existing casino and racing entertainment center industry while working with Alberta’s leading professional sports teams. Continuing this work is an important step in offering consumers convenience and choice in their gaming entertainment options. “

AGLC said it has been in talks with the casino industry, as well as the Alberta Sports Coalition, which represents the Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Elks.

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It has also been monitoring other provincial lottery markets while collecting feedback from Alberta’s sports betting industry to safely expand provider opportunities in the future.

AGLC officials say legalization of sports betting will ensure that gray market dollars return to the province.

The hope is to be up and running by the end of next year.

The vendor proposal process will close on January 31, 2022 and successful proponents of the negotiated request for proposals will be announced once awarded.

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