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DeSantis Keeps Getting It Done: Sports Betting Coming To Florida

Don’t look now, but it appears a “substantial” sports betting deal is coming to Florida under Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Politico’s Gary Fineout cited multiple sources in reporting that Florida looks primed to approve a sports betting deal at tribe-run casinos and other gambling outlets.

DeSantis has been “personally involved in the negotiations for weeks,” Fineout reported. “The main points of the deal have been finalized, and one well-informed gaming lobbyist contended that the only hold up is signing off on the final wording in a written agreement.”

Should the sports betting deal become a reality, it would signify another feather in DeSantis’ cap as he heads into his re-election bid in 2022.

Sports betting would be allowed at both tribe casinos and tracks, and other gambling facilities. The bets would all be run through the tribe and both sides would get a share of the revenue,” Fineout explained. “The Seminoles would be allowed to become like full-blown Las Vegas casinos by also adding craps and roulette.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. i’m not a gambler, but it seems odd that sports leagues and states wanna get in bed with gambling.

    seems to me that the sports dollar is more finite than ever before. spending for season ticket money on wagers, would mean less money for $15 dollar beers at Raymond James?

    maybe you get a free beer with each gamble 😜

    (sorry for the shit post)

  2. It would be great for Florida and would make it a hub of sports betting. With no state income tax it would also get a lot of the pros to move here.

    To the question as to why the leagues are involved.
    Money.

    There is a lot of money to be made and they want all of it.
    Sports betting also increases TV viewership because who else is watching a blow out game if you do not have points and a chance to cover. Or someone who made a prop bet on a player and it still hasn’t covered.

    Note: Could you imagine what the NBA TV ratings would be if sports betting hadn’t been legalized in over 20 states?

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