Supreme Court ruling doesn't mean sports betting will come to Florida quickly — or at all – Sun Sentinel
The U.S Supreme Court ruling Monday that struck down a federal law banning sports gambling in most states opened the door for lawmakers in Florida and other states to legalize sports betting.
While some states are expected to move quickly, whether state lawmakers will try to legalize it in Florida is an open question. Those in the industry are hopeful.
“I think the ruling is a landmark. I think eventually people will be able to do what they’ve been doing illegally for so long now – and do it legally – bet on sports,” said Tim Ritvo, COO of the Stronach Group, which operates Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach and other major race tracks around the country.
The court ruled the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 unconstitutionally interfered with New Jersey’s ability to modify its laws related to sports gambling. Currently, Nevada is the only state where sports gambling is legal.
The ruling also raises several issues beyond whether it will become legal to bet on sports games in the state.
Florida has a compact with the Seminole Tribe that gives them a monopoly on card games like blackjack, but the future of the agreement is in limbo, and sports betting could add a new element to negotiations.
The contracts for athletes will move north accordingly, agent Drew Rosenhaus said.
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