The Week In Sports Betting News: Will Florida Launch In October?

Posted on August 23, 2021
Posted By on August 23, 2021

Happy Monday, everyone. Last week was a bit quieter than the week before, but there was still plenty of sports betting news to go around.

Check out the latest LSR Podcast, where the crew rounded up the biggest stories from the biggest states, including California, Florida and New York.

Earnings season is all but over, which means big announcements and stories should slow down for the time being. Consider it the calm before the US sports betting storm as college football betting starts in earnest with the first games in late August followed by the NFL season kickoff Sept. 9.

Keep an eye on @LSPReport for the latest updates and breaking news.

Top sports betting news: Will Florida sports betting be delayed?

Sports betting in Florida can launch Oct. 15 but there could be an injunction coming to prevent that.

Another lawsuit was filed concerning the compact, this time against the Department of Interior and Secretary Deb Haaland. The lawsuit seeks to throw out the approval of the entire updated compact that would give the Seminole Indians control of sports betting.

That lawsuit also went along with an amended lawsuit in Florida against Gov. Ron DeSantis and others. LSR resident legal expert John Holden broke down what both lawsuits mean and what to watch for.

Watch out for more declining July results

Expect to see more red as states continue to report their July results through the end of August (and into September as well – thanks Illinois.)

Handle has taken a hit in every state to report sports betting results so far for July. Multiple states reported big drops last week:

Last week’s top sports betting news: NY keeps rolling

The process to launch New York sportsbooks continued last week as regulators approved mobile betting rules with very little discussion.

There were 14 public comments out of 94 that helped craft the regulations, though those were not immediately available. LSR placed a request for the documents and is waiting to hear back.

We’re about a week away from when oral presentations from the six applicants can begin. How quickly the process moves at that point is up to the New York State Gaming Commission. Winners must be notified by Dec. 6, but they could find out sooner if the commission works fast enough.

Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. thinks mobile sportsbooks could still launch in 2021 with “a little fire in the belly,” but definitely before the Super Bowl.

AGA gets first NFL partner for responsible betting initiative

The Washington Football Team is the first NFL organization to partner with the American Gaming Association on its “Have a Game, Bet Responsibly” campaign.

TV and radio broadcasts of Washington’s games will include 20-second spots urging viewers to bet responsibly this season.

The team joins the Vegas Golden Knights as the only other professional team to partner. The NHL, PGA Tour, NASCAR and the UFC are also partners, as are DraftKings and FanDuel.

Barstool Sportsbook launches in New Jersey

Penn National is now live in New Jersey with its Barstool Sportsbook.

The brand started its soft launch last week. It’s the third state launch of the month for Barstool, which also went live in Colorado and Virginia.

Other top sports betting stories

Here is the rest of LSR’s coverage from last week:

Press release roundup

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Matthew Waters is a reporter covering legal sports betting and the gambling industry. Previous stops include Fantini Research and various freelance jobs covering professional and amateur sports in Delaware and the Philadelphia area.

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