Supreme Court Lifts the Hold on Online Sports Betting in Florida

Supreme Court Lifts the Hold on Online Sports Betting in Florida


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Supreme Court Lifts the Hold on Online Sports Betting in FloridaFlorida sports gambling is closer to reality as the Supreme Court Lifts the Hold on Online Sports Betting in Florida. The decision to lift the hold was made yesterday in a unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. However, many challenges remain before Floridian can once again bet on sports.

According to sports betting news, technically speaking, sports betting became legal in Florida back in 2021. This was due to a compact by Gov. DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe which made mobile wagering legal in Florida. Needless to say, this compact was controversial for a few reasons. The is because most sports betting discussion take place in public legislative hearings. However, this one took place entirely behind-the-scene and gave the Seminole Tribe a complete monopoly on sports betting in Florida. Needless to say, this did not sit well with many casinos in Florida.

Furthermore, the compact while legal, did not technically make sports betting legal in Florida. Instead, it made it legal for them to have mobile sports betting on tribal land. Thus, several lawsuits and appeals made online sports betting in Florida unavailable to the public.

However, on June 30, 2023, the Cour of Appeal made their ruling in favor of the Seminole Tribe. With this ruling, everyone thought online sports gambling would be available in Florida. In response, West Flagler Associates and Bonita-Fort Myers Corp. made an appeal to the U.S. Supreme court. Thus, Chief Justice John Roberts of the Supreme Court put a temporary hold on the appeals-ruling.

And this brings us to today, where the hold on appeals ruling is now gone.

Supreme Court Lifts the Hold on Online Sports Betting in Florida – What Next

Now that the hold on online sports betting in Florida is gone, when will sports wagering be available to Floridians? According to the Supreme Court panel, the Florida secretary of Interior did not overstep her authority in allowing the agreement. However, the central questions in the case “are best left for Florida’s courts to decide.”

Until the Seminole Tribe can fend off separate challenge to the compact, sports betting in Florida will not be available. Due to the complexities of the sports betting legislation in Florida, it will be years before it become available.

In the meanwhile, those hoping to become a bookie in Florida will to wait until the decision is made.

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