Florida’s Sports Betting Lawsuit Has Just Been Thrown Out

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  • Two pari-mutuel companies have been issuing legal challenges to delay the launch of sports betting in Florida. 
  • Sources confirmed that Florida’s sports betting lawsuit has been dismissed as a federal judge. 
  • Another lawsuit filed against the Department of Interior is set to be reviewed on November 5. 

For months, officials in Florida have been working hard to finally launch the state’s first sportsbooks. It hasn’t been easy, largely due to a legal challenge filed by several pari-mutuel operators over the state’s passing of a gaming compact earlier this year. News broke today that Florida’s sports betting lawsuit has officially been thrown out.

The Seminole Tribe will be pleased to hear this news. Now is a great time to talk about when exactly sports betting will finally go live in this state.

Let’s get into it!

Here’s Another Update on Florida’s Sports Betting Lawsuit

Florida is known for having one of the most passionate sporting fan bases in the United States. For years, various groups here have been calling on lawmakers to pass a measure that will allow for legal sports betting to appear in the state. Earlier this year, Governor DeSantis finally approved one of those measures.

Under these compacts, the Seminole Tribe would gain permission to offer both land-based and online sports betting. The US Department of the Interior then gave permission for the Seminoles to offer statewide online sports betting options. Shortly after that announcement, two pari-mutuel companies filed a lawsuit against the Seminoles and DOI, claiming their new rule broke Florida’s constitution.

This week, Florida’s sports betting lawsuit was officially thrown out. US District Judge Allen Winsor agreed with state lawmakers that the tribe should have the ability to offer these sports betting options. He released a statement on the situation shortly after the ruling.

“The pari-mutuels lack standing to sue the governor or the secretary because their actions are not fairly traceable to any alleged harm. In addition, the requested declaratory and injunctive relief would provide no legal or practical redress to the pari-mutuels’ injuries,” Winsor said.

It seems that things can finally move forward for the state’s sports betting industry. Many are now looking, trying to figure out when exactly the first sportsbooks will go live in Florida.

When Will Florida’s Sportsbooks Finally Launch?

This has been a hot topic over the past few months. Initially, the goal was to have the first sportsbooks in Florida operational by the start of the 2021/2022 NFL season. Florida’s sports betting lawsuit kept that goal from being accomplished.

With the lawsuit now thrown out, officials will once again look at a new date to launch the state’s first sportsbooks. Heads of the Seminole Tribe have been claiming that this will take place at some point this fall. Unfortunately, more legal battles will need to take place before this can take place.

The aforementioned pari-mutuel companies will now look towards a separate lawsuit filed against the Department of Interior. These companies claim the DOI gave the Seminole Tribe permission to operate online sportsbooks illegally. This lawsuit also names Interior Secretary Deb Haaland as a defendant in this case.

A hearing for this lawsuit is scheduled for November 5. Many are expecting the DOI to come out victorious here. Assuming that is the case, the Department’s ruling on the Seminoles will be approved and the tribe can officially launch its first online sports betting operations.

Expect to see the first sportsbooks in Florida going live this November. These betting platforms will likely help to bring the state a huge amount of tax revenue each month. Stay tuned for updates!

Top Online Sports Betting Options Available This Weekend

More states around the country are currently working to launch their first online sportsbooks. That includes several potential hot markets including Oklahoma. Fortunately, there are some fantastic online sports betting websites available throughout the entire country right now.

BetOnline is widely considered to be one of the best online sportsbooks in the world. It is well-known for providing its members with a huge range of great betting options on all major sports. Members have access to some great odds on sporting events taking place this weekend.

Many are choosing to bet on Sunday’s NFL game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans. The Chiefs (-250) have struggled to find success this season, yet still remain possible contenders for the Super Bowl. The Titans (+210) are coming off an incredible win over the Buffalo Bills and many feel they will pull off another upset here.

MMA fans may want to make bets on Saturday’s UFC main event between Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori. Costa (+132) has not fought since a 2020 loss to Israel Adesanya. Marvin Vettori (-152) is also coming off a loss to the champion, yet some feel his grappling will allow him to earn the win here.

Are you excited to hear that Florida’s sports betting lawsuit has been thrown out? When do you expect to see the first sportsbooks go live here? Let us know in the comments section below.

Kevin Oldroyd

A longtime sports and gambling enthusiast, Kevin looks to present up-to-date and reliable information for readers. If he’s not writing, he’s probably watching MMA or playing blackjack. ...

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