Florida could become 28th state to legalize sports gambling

Florida may be on the verge of legalizing sports gambling in a deal that would generate more than a half billion dollars in annual tax revenue for the country’s third most populous state.

Legislators are prepared to vote next week on an agreement between Governor Ron DeSantis’s office and the Seminole Tribe of Florida that would allow sports betting at select casinos and stadiums. Under the deal, no competitor would be permitted within 100 miles of gambling facilities owned by the Seminole Tribe, which would also be allowed to operate its own online sports gambling operations. The plan calls for the Tribe to pay the state between $500 million and $600 million annually for the next 30 years.

Sports gambling had been banned in 49 states besides Nevada until the United States Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018. Now, including Nevada, 27 states and the District of Columbia have legalized sports gambling, although six states are not yet operational in the industry, according to the American Gaming Association (AGA). 

Sports gambling had been banned in 49 states besides Nevada until the United States Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018. Now, including Nevada, 27 states (in red) and the District of Columbia have legalized sports gambling, although six states are not yet operational in the industry, according to the American Gaming Association (AGA)

Sports gambling had been banned in 49 states besides Nevada until the United States Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018. Now, including Nevada, 27 states (in red) and the District of Columbia have legalized sports gambling, although six states are not yet operational in the industry, according to the American Gaming Association (AGA)

Sports gambling had been banned in 49 states besides Nevada until the United States Supreme Court struck down the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) in 2018. Now, including Nevada, 27 states (in red) and the District of Columbia have legalized sports gambling, although six states are not yet operational in the industry, according to the American Gaming Association (

Florida may be on the verge of legalizing sports gambling in a deal that would generate more than a half billion dollars in annual tax revenue for the country's third most populous state, which would become the 28th nationwide to allow the practice. The state's legislature is prepared to vote next week on an agreement between Governor Ron DeSantis's office and the Seminole Tribe of Florida that would allow sports betting at select casinos and stadiums

Florida may be on the verge of legalizing sports gambling in a deal that would generate more than a half billion dollars in annual tax revenue for the country's third most populous state, which would become the 28th nationwide to allow the practice. The state's legislature is prepared to vote next week on an agreement between Governor Ron DeSantis's office and the Seminole Tribe of Florida that would allow sports betting at select casinos and stadiums

Florida may be on the verge of legalizing sports gambling in a deal that would generate more than a half billion dollars in annual tax revenue for the country’s third most populous state, which would become the 28th nationwide to allow the practice. The state’s legislature is prepared to vote next week on an agreement between Governor Ron DeSantis’s office and the Seminole Tribe of Florida that would allow sports betting at select casinos and stadiums

The plan calls for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which owns the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood (pictured), to pay more than $500 million annually to the state for the next 30 years

The plan calls for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which owns the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood (pictured), to pay more than $500 million annually to the state for the next 30 years

The plan calls for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which owns the Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood (pictured), to pay more than $500 million annually to the state for the next 30 years

‘The Seminole Tribe of Florida is committed to a mutually-beneficial gaming compact with the State of Florida and looks forward to its approval by the Florida Legislature, the Seminole Tribal Council and the U.S. Department of the Interior,’ Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr. said Thursday.

Under the plan, fans could place bets anywhere from professional sports stadiums to existing gaming venues, with all wagers being handled by servers on Tribe property.

As part of the agreement, the Tribe would take a cut out of every sports bet placed, and it could also negotiate with national gambling websites like DraftKings and FanDuel to operate its online retail betting operations, known as ‘sports books.’

The Seminole Tribe, which owns seven casinos, would be allowed to add three more casinos on tribal property under the plan. According to , those new casinos will likely be built in Hollywood, Tampa and Brighton, which sits near Lake Okeechobee.

The agreement could provide a major boost to tourism within the state.

Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr. (pictured) agreed to the deal, which would pay the state $500 million annually if it gets approved by legislators

Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr. (pictured) agreed to the deal, which would pay the state $500 million annually if it gets approved by legislators

Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr. (pictured) agreed to the deal, which would pay the state $500 million annually if it gets approved by legislators 

While sports gambling doesn’t offer the profit margins of slot machines, it does attract customers to casinos and sports books. According to the Herald, industry experts predict that sports betting could become a $2 billion industry in Florida.

‘Florida has the potential to be a true sports gaming destination, particularly if you involve the teams in the economic pipeline,’ Daniel Wallach, a Florida attorney specializing in sports and gaming law, told The Herald.

The agreement was first reported earlier this month by the .

Approval for the deal is not a given.

According to the Herald, there is concern that the deal would violate a constitutional amendment passed in 2018 requiring voter approval for new gaming operations. And สล็อต because of that, business leaders in Miami-Dade County such as Armando Codina and auto magnate Norman Braman have reportedly hired attorneys and are threatening to sue to block the deal.

‘If approved, the Republican leadership will vote to override the will of Florida voters by allowing portability without voter approval, and preemption will override the will of our cities,’ Codina told the Herald. ‘The Republican leadership is willing to impose casinos in Miami-Dade but not in their communities, while taking all their ill-gotten tax revenue.’

PICTURED: The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The 638-room Guitar Hotel, which is a part of the hotel's $1.5 billion expansion that opened in 2019

PICTURED: The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The 638-room Guitar Hotel, which is a part of the hotel's $1.5 billion expansion that opened in 2019

PICTURED: The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The 638-room Guitar Hotel, which is a part of the hotel’s $1.5 billion expansion that opened in 2019

US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland (pictured) would also need to approve the deal as well

US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland (pictured) would also need to approve the deal as well

US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland (pictured) would also need to approve the deal as well

Furthermore, federal regulators could block the deal under the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act if it fails to offer exclusive value to the Seminole Tribe — a possibility that is complicated by the Tribe’s move into an already competitive industry, online sports gambling.

US Interior Secretary Deb Haaland would also need to approve the deal as well.

Only one week of the current legislative session remains, but House Speaker Chris Sprowls told reporters Thursday that representatives would return likely return for a special session to pass it.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (pictured) has agreed to deals with three major sports betting websites, making his league the latest to embrace legalized sports gambling

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (pictured) has agreed to deals with three major sports betting websites, making his league the latest to embrace legalized sports gambling

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (pictured) has agreed to deals with three major sports betting websites, making his league the latest to embrace legalized sports gambling

‘Once we actually get to see the words on the page, I would anticipate that there may be a special session to address those issues,’ Sprowls said, as quoted by the Miami Herald.

Florida’s proposed legislation is part of a growing trend across states and American sports leagues, many of which fought the sports betting industry for years.

Last week the NFL, a longtime opponent of online sports gambling, became the latest major US professional league to ink national endorsements in that arena, partnering with three websites on five-year deals collectively worth $1 billion.

On April 16, the NFL announced the agreements with DraftKings, FanDuel, and Caesars Entertainment, all of which will use league data and trademarks while gaining a presence on NFL.com and the official NFL phone ap.

Terms were not disclosed, but a source familiar with details of the contracts has confirmed that all three deals are worth a combined $1 billion over the next five years.

Darren Rovell of The Action Network, a sports gambling website, was the first to report the value of the NFL’s deal.

The new deals will grant sites like FanDuel access to many of the NFL's trademarked content

The new deals will grant sites like FanDuel access to many of the NFL's trademarked content

The new deals will grant sites like FanDuel access to many of the NFL’s trademarked content 

Sports gambling is now legal in 21 states and Washington DC, meaning that citizens no longer have to travel to Las Vegas to bet on games, but can instead use a phone app or website, such as DraftKings (pictured) depending on their location

Sports gambling is now legal in 21 states and Washington DC, meaning that citizens no longer have to travel to Las Vegas to bet on games, but can instead use a phone app or website, such as DraftKings (pictured) depending on their location

Sports gambling is now legal in 21 states and Washington DC, meaning that citizens no longer have to travel to Las Vegas to bet on games, but can instead use a phone app or website, such as DraftKings (pictured) depending on their location

Leagues like the NFL traditionally opposed the legalization of sports gambling for fear of corrupting their product as illegal betting had in 1919, when gambler and racketeer Arnold Rothstein famously fixed the World Series by paying eight members of the Chicago White Sox to lose to the Cincinnati Reds.

Delaware Governor John Carney holds a $10 bill he used to place the first bet at Dover Downs Casino on June 5, 2018. Delaware was the first state to launch legal sports betting after the Supreme Court decision to strike down PASPA, which banned licensed sports pools in 49 states. Legal sports gambling generated $43.6 billion in 2019 with $10.2 billion going to state and local taxes, according to the American Gaming Association

Delaware Governor John Carney holds a $10 bill he used to place the first bet at Dover Downs Casino on June 5, 2018. Delaware was the first state to launch legal sports betting after the Supreme Court decision to strike down PASPA, which banned licensed sports pools in 49 states. Legal sports gambling generated $43.6 billion in 2019 with $10.2 billion going to state and local taxes, according to the American Gaming Association

Delaware Governor John Carney holds a $10 bill he used to place the first bet at Dover Downs Casino on June 5, 2018. Delaware was the first state to launch legal sports betting after the Supreme Court decision to strike down PASPA, which banned licensed sports pools in 49 states. Legal sports gambling generated $43.6 billion in 2019 with $10.2 billion going to state and local taxes, according to the American Gaming Association

But things have changed since 2018, when the US Supreme Court struck down PASPA, which banned licensed sports pools in all 49 states besides Nevada.

The NBA and WNBA became the first major US leagues to partner with an online sports book in 2018, jointly signing a reported three-year deal with MGM worth $25 million. The NHL, Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball, and now the NFL, the country’s most popular league, have all followed in pro basketball’s path.

Sports gambling is now legal in 21 states and Washington DC, meaning that citizens no longer have to travel to Las Vegas to bet on games, but can instead use a phone app or website, depending on their location.

And that convenience has concerned groups like the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), which says sports bettors are at higher risk of addiction.

‘The rate of gambling problems among sports bettors is at least twice as high as among gamblers in general,’ read an NCPG executive summary of more than 140 studies on gambling addiction. ‘When sports gambling is conducted online, the rate of problems is even higher, with one study of online sports gamblers indicating that 16 percent met clinical criteria for gambling disorder and another 13 percent showed some signs of gambling problems.’

Leagues like the NFL traditionally opposed the legalization of sports gambling for fear of corrupting their product as illegal betting had in 1919, when gambler and racketeer Arnold Rothstein famously fixed the World Series by paying eight members of the Chicago White Sox (pictured) to lose to the Cincinnati Reds

Leagues like the NFL traditionally opposed the legalization of sports gambling for fear of corrupting their product as illegal betting had in 1919, when gambler and racketeer Arnold Rothstein famously fixed the World Series by paying eight members of the Chicago White Sox (pictured) to lose to the Cincinnati Reds

Leagues like the NFL traditionally opposed the legalization of sports gambling for fear of corrupting their product as illegal betting had in 1919, when gambler and racketeer Arnold Rothstein famously fixed the World Series by paying eight members of the Chicago White Sox (pictured) to lose to the Cincinnati Reds

The NCPG is particularly troubled by live ‘play-in’ betting, which allows gamblers to bet on much more than just outcomes, but any number of thousands of potential events within a single game.

For instance, gamblers making play-in wagers could bet on anything from an NBA team’s shooting percentage in a particular quarter of play, or whether an injured athlete will return to the field.

And because play-in wagers don’t rely on the final outcome of a game, they can be placed more frequently, creating significantly more action on any one sporting event.

‘This shortens the lag between bet and reward, increasing the speed and frequency of gambling, which increases the risk of problematic behavior,’ read the NCPG executive summary.

Young gamblers may be at higher risk. Data from 2018 shows that more than 75 percent of students gambled, according to the NCPG. Furthermore, a 2017 study showed that 13 percent of adolescents bet on sports specifically.

A view of the William Hill Sports Book Opening at Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City in 2018. Legal sports gambling generated $43.6 billion in 2019 with $10.2 billion going to state and local taxes, according to the American Gaming Association

A view of the William Hill Sports Book Opening at Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City in 2018. Legal sports gambling generated $43.6 billion in 2019 with $10.2 billion going to state and local taxes, according to the American Gaming Association

A view of the William Hill Sports Book Opening at Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City in 2018. Legal sports gambling generated $43.6 billion in 2019 with $10.2 billion going to state and local taxes, according to the American Gaming Association

The sportsbook at the Las Vegas Hilton (pictured) has been a major attraction fo visiting sports fans. Until 2018, gambling on sports in the US outside of Nevada was largely illegal

The sportsbook at the Las Vegas Hilton (pictured) has been a major attraction fo visiting sports fans. Until 2018, gambling on sports in the US outside of Nevada was largely illegal

The sportsbook at the Las Vegas Hilton (pictured) has been a major attraction fo visiting sports fans. Until 2018, gambling on sports in the US outside of Nevada was largely illegal 

But the potential for gambling problems has done nothing to stop the industries nationwide surge.

Legal sports gambling generated $43.6 billion in 2019 with $10.2 billion going to state and สล็อต local taxes, according to the American Gaming Association.

Last January alone, the AGA reported that a record $4.4 billion was wagered legally at sports books across the country — the sixth consecutive month that mark has been broken.

Now, Caesars, DraftKings, and FanDuel are making it even easier for fans to wager on the NFL, while potentially growing their customer bases.

DraftKings, which previously had a deal with the NFL as its official daily fantasy sports partner, will now integrate its content with NFL media properties such as NFL Network and the NFL Red Zone channel.

Caesars was already the league’s official casino sponsor, but will have more opportunity to engage NFL fans on its sports betting website as well as its network of retail sportsbooks across the country.

DraftKings, which previously had a deal with the NFL as its official daily fantasy sports partner, will now integrate its content with NFL media properties such as NFL Network and the NFL Red Zone channel. 'The way fans consume sports years from now will look drastically different, and it will be due in part to forward-thinking collaborations like our expanded relationship with the NFL,' said DraftKings co-founder and CEO Jason Robins (pictured)

DraftKings, which previously had a deal with the NFL as its official daily fantasy sports partner, will now integrate its content with NFL media properties such as NFL Network and the NFL Red Zone channel. 'The way fans consume sports years from now will look drastically different, and it will be due in part to forward-thinking collaborations like our expanded relationship with the NFL,' said DraftKings co-founder and CEO Jason Robins (pictured)

DraftKings, which previously had a deal with the NFL as its official daily fantasy sports partner, will now integrate its content with NFL media properties such as NFL Network and the NFL Red Zone channel. ‘The way fans consume sports years from now will look drastically different, and it will be due in part to forward-thinking collaborations like our expanded relationship with the NFL,’ said DraftKings co-founder and CEO Jason Robins (pictured) 

FanDuel, meanwhile, will gain access to NFL game footage and will coordinate with the league for opportunities on NFL Network.

‘Together, we will create new ways for football fans to share in the action of their favorite sport,’ said Caesars CEO Tom Reeg. ‘Football season will be more exciting than ever now that fans can enjoy an enhanced experience at our casinos, in our sportsbooks, and online.’

‘On Super Bowl Sunday we got a glimpse at how powerful the combination of the NFL’s excitement and our platform can be in delivering an enhanced fan experience,’ said Matt King, CEO of FanDuel.

‘The way fans consume sports years from now will look drastically different, and it will be due in part to forward-thinking collaborations like our expanded relationship with the NFL,’ said DraftKings co-founder and CEO Jason Robins.

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