Seminole Tribe to appeal Florida sports betting ruling, asks for stay

In this April 22 Times file photo, the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino located at 5223 Orient Road in Tampa. The Seminole Tribe of Florida continued to collect online wagers for its sports betting app on Tuesday in defiance of a federal court ruling as it urged the judge who invalidated its 30-year gambling compact with the state of Florida to put a temporary halt to her decision as the tribe pursues an appeal. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ] TALLAHASSEE — The Seminole Tribe of Florida continued to collect online wagers for its sports betting app on Tuesday in defiance of a federal court ruling as it urged the judge who invalidated its 30-year gambling compact with the state of Florida to put a temporary halt to her decision as the tribe pursues an appeal.

“The tribe’s online sports betting authorized by the compact is now in operation, and is generating millions in revenue per week,’’ said Marcellus W. Osceola, chairman of the tribe, in a statement filed with the court late Tuesday. “The tribe is using these funds to pay back the development costs for its online sports book, make revenue-sharing payments to the state and fund important tribal programs.” A day after Judge Dabney L. Friedrich of the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia ruled that the tribe’s sports betting and casino expansion deal violated federal Indian gaming law, the tribe filed a notice of appeal and a “motion for stay pending appeal,” […]

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