It’s official. FanDuel and DraftKings are not placing their bets on the Department of Interior or the courts approving the recent sports betting compact in Florida. Instead, they are moving forward with an effort to ensure voters have a say with a statewide referendum in November 2022.
The referendum language, which was posted to the state website yesterday, would allow voters to approve statewide gambling that is not exclusively on tribal lands.
- Authorizes sports and event betting, with all bets being taxed at a rate to be determined;
- Sets legal betting age of 21;
- Allows for sportsbooks through companies with a presence in at least 10 other states as well as Native American tribes who have an existing compact with the state of Florida;
- Allows for wagers on professional, collegiate, and Olympic events.
The Seminole Tribe of Florida, which negotiated the compact with Governor Ron DeSantis earlier this year, is opposed to the referendum.
“This is a political Hail Mary from out-of-state corporations trying to interfere with the business of the people of Florida. They couldn’t stop Florida’s new Gaming Compact, which passed by an overwhelming 88% ‘yes’ vote from Florida’s elected legislators and enjoys 3-1 support from Floridians and guarantees $2.5 billion in revenue sharing,” Gary Bitner, a spokesperson for Seminole Gaming, told Florida Today.
What’s Next For Sports Betting In Florida
Supporters of the referendum now have to get signatures from 891,589 residents, which is 8% of the total number of votes cast in the presidential election in Florida in 2020.
Florida Politics reports supporters are under a timeline though as a result of new caps placed on contributions for political committees during the signature-gathering phases. Come Thursday, July 1, there will be a $3,000 limit. Opponents of the new law, however, have already filed a complaint in court and are asking for an expedited review.