Could California follow New York with mobile sports betting? Not so fast. Brad Allen, Legal Sports Report · April 19, 2021 at 10:15 pm Mobile NY sports betting might have limped across the finish line this month, but don’t expect California to follow suit. Online sports betting in the Golden State is at least 5-10 years away, according to panelists on an IGB-run tribal gaming webinar Tuesday. Legislative efforts to legalize mobile sports betting in California fizzled out last year in the face of strong tribal opposition. But California voters still could get a say on sports betting this year. California Nations Indian Gaming Association Chair James Siva said Tuesday the tribes gathered enough signatures for a sports betting ballot initiative. Those signatures are being verified.