Florida gaming compact, sports betting in doubt following federal court hearing

Nov 5, 2021

A Washington, D.C.-based judge harshly chastised lawyers for the Biden administration Friday for failing to be prepared to answer questions about whether a deal that gives the Seminole Tribe of Florida control over sports betting in the state violates federal law.

Friedrich spent the first 30 minutes of a two-hour hearing wrangling with Rebecca Ross, a lawyer with the Justice Department’s Indian Resources Section, about the government’s unwillingness to take a position on the issue at the crux of a lawsuit filed by two Florida pari-mutuel operators that oppose the deal.

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