As quickly as mobile betting became available in Florida, so did the domestic betting apps. Monday evening’s judgment by US District Judge Dabney Friedrich effectively invalidated the Seminole Gaming Compact.
How did we get here?
In May, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the deal giving the Seminole Tribe all rights to Florida sports betting. The agreement also approved the expansion of table games, and allowed the tribe’s mobile betting operation.
In July, however, several lawsuits were filed against the US Department of the Interior, the tribe and the state.
Representatives from the Magic City Casino and Bonita Springs Poker Room filed their first lawsuit in Florida. It looked at revenue loss potential for the state’s Pari Mutuel Institutions.
The case was quickly dismissed because the Pari-Mutuels claimed that they suffered irreparable harm.
The Bonita Springs Poker Room was granted a second chance to present their case in federal court. The US Department of the Interior was named the new defendant in the lawsuit.
More information about the suit
The second lawsuit was filed to challenge Florida’s constitutionality in sports betting. Pari-Mutuels attorneys argued that mobile betting off-site is against the IGRA.
Despite all efforts of defense, Judge Friedrich ruled in favor Pari-Mutuels. The following was her statement:
“Although Compact ‘deem'[s]All sports bets available at the sports book. Take place at the location of the tribe[s]Friedrich wrote: “And supporting server… this court can’t accept this fiction.” “If a federal law prohibits an activity in certain places, the parties should not try to evade the restriction by ‘viewing their activity’ in other locations.
US District Judge Dabney Friedrich
The procedure seems unclear as neither the Seminole Tribe or the State of Florida were named in the accusation.
Officially, Hard Rock sportsbooks no longer accept bets. However, the Seminole tribe isn’t giving up yet. While sports betting in Miami is covered by personal venues and the rest of the state is not, it is still accepted at the Hard Rock sportsbooks.
Where are we going?
Tuesday saw the tribe file the records in order to appeal to the court. In the meantime, commercial sports betting continues to work hard to claim their place within Florida’s large market.
Florida Education Champions, a lobby organization funded by DraftKings, FanDuel and FanDuel is seeking signatures in order to fund an election initiative to open Florida sports betting to all operators across the country.
However, the current state of sports betting policy has become chaotic. This litigation will certainly change the landscape of sports betting in America.
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Source: Tampa Bay Times