More Groups Push Against Florida’s Gambling Expansion Plans

No Casinos In Florida And Seminole Tribe Logo With Court

Lawmakers in Florida have been looking at ways to allow legal sports betting for years. It seemed they had finally achieved that goal last summer, yet several legal disputes have delayed the launch of various new gaming options in the state. New reports have now surfaced claiming several more groups are pushing against Florida’s gambling expansion plans.

It’s another tough blow for the Seminole Tribe. This tribe has been working to launch sports betting in Florida for many months.

Here’s what you need to know about this situation.

No Casinos Joins the Fight to Stop Florida’s Gambling Expansion Plans

Florida is known for having a large and successful gambling industry. The Seminole Tribe largely controls the entire gaming industry here. Not long after PASPA was struck down in 2018, officials within the tribe began pushing lawmakers in the state to legalize sports betting.

Governor Ron DeSantis and federal regulations approved a compact last summer that gives the Seminole Tribe the ability to offer sports betting. The tribe then claimed it has the legal right to offer statewide online sports betting options. This is due to the fact that the servers hosting the online sportsbooks would be based on federal land. Several lawsuits have since been filed challenging this notion.

This week, reports surfaced that an anti-gambling group called No Casinos is pushing against the Seminole’s sports betting options. This group, along with many others, is defending a recent federal judge’s decision to strike down the aforementioned compact between DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe. A brief filed by No Casinos explains why it is currently against Florida’s gambling expansion plans.

“The gambling interests [the pari-mutuels] support gambling expansion so long as they are allowed to enjoy it alongside the Seminole Tribe. The gambling opponents [No Casinos and its allies] oppose the expansion of gambling in the State, consistent with the Florida Constitution, even if it occurs on tribal lands,” the brief said. 

This will represent yet another challenge for the Seminole Tribe. It’s also disappointing news for millions of Floridians hungry for legal online sports betting options to become available. Stay tuned for more information on this situation as the months go on.

Will Florida’s Online Sports Betting Industry Launch in 2022?

Florida has been involved in one of the most high-profile legal disputes over its gambling industry in the country. The Seminole Tribe seems determined to maintain its hold over the state’s gaming industry. Other, smaller gambling operators in Florida are working hard to change that.

This legal dispute is ongoing. It wasn’t long ago that a federal judge dealt a tough blow to the Seminoles by striking down a key compact. The tribe responded quickly with an appeal and is now asking for a stay that would allow them to offer sports betting while this case unfolds.

There is reason to believe that things will be settled at some point in 2022. It may not result in the Seminole’s getting their hands raised. Instead, officials may decide that several groups in Florida should be given permission to offer sports betting options.

Florida’s gambling expansion plans are facing pushback from various groups. The legal disputes are moving all the way to federal judges. Residents seem fed up with the delays in launching sports betting and many are hopeful to see things move forward within the next few months.

It does not appear that Florida’s sports betting industry will formally go live this year. Here’s a quick look at some of the other states to recently launch their first sports gambling options.

More States Begin Launching Sportsbooks Before the Year’s End

The year is nearly over and yet many state officials are working hard to get sportsbooks up and running. A growing number of individuals are beginning to realize how lucrative the sports betting industry can be. States around the country are seeing huge monthly tax revenue figures from this form of gambling.

Several states have begun a last-minute push to get regulated sportsbooks operational before the year’s end. That includes Wisconsin. Earlier this week, Wisconsin’s first sportsbooks officially went live inside the Oneida Nation Casino.

North Dakota is another state that has just begun accepting sports wagers. The Dakota Magic Casino formally started taking bets on December 1. More North Dakota sportsbooks are expected to begin operating over the next few weeks.

There is always a chance that several other states decide to legalize sports betting in the near future. There is simply too much demand for state leaders to ignore anymore. Expect to see many more states legalizing sports gambling in 2022.

What do you think of Florida’s gambling expansion plans? Will online sports betting go live here next year? Let us know in the comments section below.