California sports betting initiative could get special treatment Matthew Kredell, PlayCA · August 14, 2020 at 7:11 am The sports betting initiative offered by California Native American tribes won’t be on the November ballot, but could still go in front of voters before 2022. Up until a few weeks ago, Jacob Mejia, spokesman for the coalition of tribes backing the initiative, claimed there was still a small chance for the initiative to find its way to the ballot this year. He now admits that door has closed. “Given the timing and ongoing restrictions, there is no chance of qualifying for this November’s ballot,” Mejia said. The tribal initiative was on pace to qualify for this year’s ballot before the coronavirus pandemic derailed signature-gathering efforts. However, the initiative got new life when a California judge granted proponents an extension on signature gathering to Oct. 12.