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WFTV: Legalization of Sports Betting in Florida Continues to Be Deferred


Sep 10, 2023

All three of Florida’s NFL football teams started their seasons on Sunday. However, Florida football fans hoping to engage in legal sports betting will have to wait longer. The state entered into a new gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe in 2021, allowing the tribe to launch its “Hard Rock” sports betting app. Unfortunately, after just 34 days, the app was shut down due to federal litigation regarding the tribe’s plan to offer state-wide mobile betting by housing computer servers on tribal land.

The case has been progressing through the court system and until it is resolved, legal sports gambling in Florida remains uncertain. Gambling.com Senior Betting Analyst Bill Speros explains that the tribe is following the rules of the federal courts and will not rush on this issue until a decision is reached. If the courts rule in favor of the tribe, sports betting could potentially return before the current NFL season concludes.

In other football news, Monday Night Football will make its return with a match between Aaron Rodgers and the New York Jets against the Buffalo Bills. The game will be televised on Channel 9, with kickoff scheduled for 8:15 p.m. at Met-Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

For those interested in staying updated, free news, weather, and smart TV apps can be downloaded, and Channel 9 Eyewitness News can be streamed live.

By Editor

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