Florida’s sports betting efforts face new federal lawsuit

Florida’s sports betting efforts face new federal lawsuit

Another attempt to block legal sports betting in Florida has surfaced

Legal proceedings can often become quite tedious and tiresome. Florida, which has long wanted to open the door to sports betting, is currently facing a second legal challenge after two of Miami’s most outspoken critics of gambling decided to file a lawsuit against the US Secretary of the Interior earlier this week. Both believe that through this effort, the process will be blocked, and the sports betting market in the state will not come to fruition in the near future.

Developer Armando Codina and auto retailer Norman Braman are the two critics backing the lawsuit against US Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland. According to the lawsuit, federal approval of the gaming compact between the Seminole Tribe and the state cleared the way for the state to circumvent the Florida Constitution to authorize illegal off-reservation sports. But the lawsuit’s allegations do not end there, as it also states that both the state legislature and Governor Ron DeSantis are violating the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) and the federal Wire Transfer Act by giving the green light to off-tribal land gaming via interstate or Internet pay-to-play transmissions to legalize illegal off-reservation gambling.

It appears that this lawsuit is yet another stepping stone for the state to open up this lucrative market. Last month, West Flagler Associates, a company that operates Miami’s Magic City Casino, and Bonita-Fort Myers Corp., which operates Bonita Springs Poker Room, also filed a lawsuit against the Sunshine State. Since then, the process has been more stalled than ever. It’s unusual to see states face so many legal challenges to prevent sports betting from becoming a fact of life; however, if Florida is looking to open its doors to this market, it is going to have to clear up this whole situation.

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