Florida Legislators Exploring A New Sports Betting Bill?
An industry insider dropped a nice little nugget of recent information that should excite Florida gamblers who have their hearts set on the possibility of sports gambling.
Just several days after the Florida Senate introduced legislation that did not include legalized sports betting in the Sunshine State, gambling industry insider Chris Grove expressed his optimism that a sports betting bill may indeed see the light of day before the month is out.
Word from key stakeholders is that we may see a sports betting bill emerge in Florida before month’s end.
That’s despite sports betting’s absence from last week’s gambling bills in Florida.
— Chris Grove (@OPReport) April 12, 2021
Grove has long been a reliable industry in the gambling industry and reports good news just days after a several stripped down gambling bills were approved by the Florida Senate.
The South Florida Sun Sentinel reported three bills were introduced last week, none of which included the legalization of sports betting or the transference of a gaming
If approved, the bills would “create a five-member, governor-appointed Gaming Control Commission with law enforcement authority over gambling laws. The legislation also would allow pari-mutuel permit holders to operate card rooms without having to also offer jai-alai, harness or quarter horse racing. This is known as ‘decoupling,'” Skyler Swisher of the Sun Sentinel reported.
Adding to the complexity of legalize sports gambling are discussions between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. A sports betting agreement between the two bodies has yet to be reached despite years of bargaining.
Texas, New York, California, and Florida represent the “big four” when it comes to sports betting. They are the four biggest states in terms of population and they all have major professional sports franchises. New York recently approved an online sports betting plan in its Fiscal Year 2022 budget and Texas voters may get a chance to legalize sports betting this November if a constitutional amendment is approved.