Sports betting in Florida has been shut down after a federal judge’s ruling

Sports betting in Florida has been shut down after a federal judge’s ruling

Jacksonville, Florida. Online sports betting has been suspended in Florida after a federal court judge ruled on Monday that the state’s 2021 Games agreement with the Seminole tribe was invalid.

The Seminole Games Charter was signed in April, approved by lawmakers in May and allowed the Home Office to enter into force when the 45-day review period expires without comment. But the agreement was immediately met with legal challenges.

Under the so-called “hub and talk design”, the tribe could bet from any phone anywhere under the theory that it’s legal because the servers are on tribal land. When asked about the decision this morning in Broward County, Governor Ron DeSantis said he believed the decision would be appealed.

“We also knew that when you pivoted and talked, this was a legal issue that was not resolved. We designed the deal so that the deal would be kept for the casinos and other things. So we’d get revenue. Obviously we’d get less winnings from sports betting if we couldn’t do to pivot and talk,” DeSantis said during a press conference in Ft. Lauderdale.


But the appeal is problematic. Neither the tribe was a party to the lawsuit, nor was the state. Only the Ministry of the Interior has the right to appeal. Because it was not previously informed, the state may not receive any revenue since the agreement signed in 2010 is now in effect.

The governor’s office said Tuesday that the legal team is trying to figure out its options.

The agreement had allowed sports betting from October 15, as well as craps and roulette, none of which was previously legal in Florida.

Florida will likely receive $20 billion over the next 30 years under the agreement.

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