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Sports Betting Legal In Florida But Gambling Could Be On Hold Until 2022

Florida residents who felt they were getting closer to being able to place a sports bet may find themselves waiting for quite some time yet. Though legislation of sports betting was passed in October, it appears that protests against the passing of that law will hold up matters for a few months at least.

There have been several legal challenges in opposition to the move to allow sports betting in Florida, and speculation suggests that it will be long in 2022 before anyone is able to place a sports bet.

When it comes to the status of the legal US sports betting market, things tend to move swiftly, with additional states passing laws on a regular basis. By all accounts, the issues relating to Florida stem from issues relating to the Seminole Tribe.

The Hard Rock Sportsbook is poised to be the first to launch sports betting in partnership with the Seminole Tribe, and this was penned for October 15th. Now it appears that date was more a case of wishful thinking than anything else.

Anti-gambling groups, such as No Casinos, as well as local casinos, have railed against the moves to legalize sports betting. Lawsuits are threatening to halt sports betting entirely, especially in relation to the fact that an individual must be on Seminole land in order to place a sports bet.

Traditionally it’s offline sports betting that kicks things off, with online facilities swiftly following; therefore, any delay with brick and mortar establishments will hold up online activity.

Floridians may well be keen to back their successful NFL side, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who won the Super Bowl last year for the first time in almost two decades (thanks in no small part to the acquisition of a certain Tom Brady). 

The NBA season is also upon us, and fans of the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic may well be keen to back their teams with a sports bet. In relation to the sports betting options online, both DraftKings and FanDuel are looking to open mobile betting options in the state in early 2022. 

Indeed both DraftKings and FanDuel both donated $10 million to fund a ballot initiative that led to the legalization of sports betting in the state, clearly aware of the size of the audience they stand to welcome to their respective sportsbooks. 

Such a venture could well be liable for additional delays, but in all likelihood, sports betting in the state of Florida will happen, and it’s more a question of when and not if. 

Currently, there are, in total, 13 states (Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming) where online sports betting is entirely legal plus another 11 (Connecticut, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Montana, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington DC, and Washington) where there are caveats in terms of specifically where you can do so as well as states that have legalized but are yet to go live.

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