FL: Judge throws out regime’s sports betting deal with Seminole Tribe

Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“A federal judge Monday night overturned Florida’s gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe, ruling the sports betting plan violated the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The action by U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich halts the tribe’s online sports betting, which had only launched Nov. 1. In her ruling, the Washington, D.C.-based judge decided that allowing such betting to take place from any laptop or smartphone — but completed through servers on tribal land — violated terms of IGRA. The ruling sides with Magic City Casino in Miami-Dade County and Bonita Springs Poker Room in Southwest Florida, whose owners challenged the gambling deal signed into law by Gov. Ron DeSantis, after it was approved by state lawmakers in a special session of the Legislature in May. The pari-mutuels argued that the sports betting proposal was a ‘legal fiction,’ because federal law does not authorize betting that occurs off tribal lands.” (11/23/21)