Judge’s Decision Halts Sports Betting In Florida

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A federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of two parimutuels late Monday, shutting down legal sports betting in Florida. The decision is a major blow to Seminole Tribe, which earlier this year agreed to a controversial compact with the state for a monopoly on sports betting. The tribe went live with digital wagering via its Hard Rock platform on Nov. 1, but had not yet launched in-person betting.

The decision means that sports betting is no longer permissible in Florida, though it’s likely that the Seminoles will immediately appeal and ask for a stay on the decision. An appeal would send the case to a federal appeals court. At that level, a three-judge panel will hear arguments, but experts say that process often takes six months or more.

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