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Do Parimutuels Have A Chance At Stopping Florida Sports Betting? Experts Don’t Think So.

by Jill R. Dorson

Nearly from the start, Florida’s sports betting legalization and launch have been mired in challenges – opponents brought three lawsuits and one ballot initiative proposal within four months of the state legislature approving sports betting by the Seminole Tribe. No state that has legalized sports betting since the May 2018 fall of the Professional Amateur Sports Protection Act has come under such fire.

To date, one of those lawsuits, brought by West Flagler Associates (Magic City Casino) and Bonita-Fort Meyers Corp. (Bonita Springs Poker Room) and filed in a U.S. District Court in Northern Florida, has been dismissed. and most stakeholders say a suit brought by a pair of Florida businessmen in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia – considered the second most powerful in the nation for its physical location and proximity to the Supreme Court – doesn’t have legs.

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