There has been a mad dash to get legalized sports betting up and running in Florida. There is a ton of money at stake as the Sunshine State pulls out all the stops to have sports betting up and running in early 2020. Florida Republican Senator Jeff Brandes is perplexed. He said this week that he doesn’t understand why the foes of legalized sports betting want to keep it on the black market. Brandes says like most states, Florida would be the winner if they just get a bill approved to allow sports betting to launch.
Brandes hails from St. Petersburg said that his committee has been charged with finding facts and figures about sports betting. According to the research his committee uncovered. Sports betting on the black market brings in over $150 billion nationwide. The Senator, ‘just imagine if it were legal here in Florida, what kind of programs and state agencies can be improved.
Senator Jeff Brandes Wants Sports Betting ‘Out Of The Darkness Into The Sunshine’
The senator is not mincing his words, he believes that the state is losing out on much-needed funds that the industry could bring to the state. Brandes is the author and sponsor of a sports betting bill that is making its way through the Florida legislature. Under the terms of the Brandes Bill, the Florida Lottery Commission would make sports betting available through free-standing and self-service kiosks.
Under further terms of the bill, the state lottery commission would accept and issue applications for sports betting licenses. These licenses would allow businesses such as sports betting provider to allow sports betting online and on mobile devices. Brandes said after careful consideration and a lot of research dealing with state needs, there was a decision made on where the profits would go.
According to the sports betting bill, half of all proceeds would go to the state of Florida for scholarships and other educational areas. Bob Jarvis who is a law professor at Nova Southeastern University has been looking into the issues surrounding sports betting in the state. Jarvis says, ‘certain roadblocks have to be figured out before sports betting will be allowed.
The Very Powerful Seminole Tribe Presents Ongoing Issues With Sports Betting In Florida
Jarvis refers to the very powerful American Indian tribe of Seminole, ‘as the 800-pound gorilla in the room’ when referring to anything that has to do with sports betting in the Sunshine State. Jarvis believes the Brandes Bill will have great difficulty when it makes it way to the state capital in Tallahassee for approval. Jarvis and other gaming analysts believe that this has been the great stumbling block to getting sports betting in Florida to Tribal leaders objections to it. Jarvis, who is also a business attorney teaches gambling law at the University.
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He believes the Brandes bill is very encouraging and will be a good thing for Florida, is basically ‘Dead On Arrival’ as far as it passing as it’s written now. Jarvis says the bill is a ‘long-shot at best and impossible at worst.’ Although Brandes says his bill has support, and things ‘can change in a second.’