In November 2018, voters approved an amendment to the Florida Constitution that gives the state more power to regulate gambling. This included the option to legalize sports betting. Since then, sports betting in Florida has been in limbo. There are no signs that it will be allowed anytime soon.
The most recent proposal to legalize sports betting in Florida is one that would allow the Seminole Tribe to operate mobile sports betting in the state. It’s also possible that the federal court could overturn the compact, which would make it impossible for mobile sports betting to be legal in the Sunshine State. Unless the courts can find a way to reinstate the compact, sports betting in Florida is likely to remain out of reach until 2022.
As of right now, the federal government has not yet filed a response to the appeals that were filed in response to the federal court’s ruling. That means it is likely that the lawsuit will continue until at least the end of 2022. If the new compact is reinstated, however, sports betting may return to the Sunshine State in 2021.
Meanwhile, the Seminole Tribe is appealing the decision. Although the tribe says that they’ve agreed to resume revenue-sharing payments to the state, it’s not clear if the tribe will agree to the other terms of the compact.
Another challenge to FL sports betting is the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, which is a federal law that restricts gaming on tribal land. However, the federal government says that it will provide adequate representation for the tribe’s interest.
Sports betting negotiations in Florida happen behind closed doors. However, in the case of the latest proposal, the Orlando Sentinel reported that the Seminole Tribe will have the option of offering card games for designated players. These are usually played at pari-mutuel sites, which are located on the tribe’s reservation. But legal experts disagree on whether or not these types of games are legal on off-reservation lands.
While the battle is a long and winding road, there’s still hope for online sports betting in Florida. The Department of Interior and the Seminole Tribe have submitted briefs in an effort to have the compact reinstated. And, if the compact does get reinstated, the Seminole tribe will be able to host mobile sports betting statewide.
The online betting industry is a growing market, and there are plenty of betting options. Some of the most popular sports for Europeans are football, basketball, tennis and horse racing. Among the US, the NFL generates the most interest.
There are a number of sportsbooks that have licensed operations in the US, but no operators are licensed at the federal level. To ensure fair play and protection, bettors should only choose websites licensed at the state level.
If online sports betting is to return to the Sunshine State, it will need to be included in a larger gambling compact. But, that’s unlikely to happen until the end of 2022, when a new court ruling could be expected.