Seminole Tribe of Florida

Seminole Tribe leader Marcellus Osceola Jr. is elusive, inspiring — but likely unknown to many Floridians

BY: - July 21, 2021

On a spring morning in Tallahassee, Gov. Ron DeSantis’ schedule included an in-person meeting in the state Capitol with a Tribe leader considered humble yet dignified, ready to transform the gambling landscape in Florida. When the new 30-year, multibillion-dollar gambling compact between the state of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida was unveiled that […]

FL and other states are set to rake in new gambling revenue; who will benefit?

BY: - July 20, 2021

The American king and queen of gambling destinations are Las Vegas and Atlantic City, which rake in nearly $10 billion a year in gross gaming revenue, according to the American Gaming Association. But gambling wealth does not necessarily translate into prosperity for all. Gambling activities and public education funding are often linked — an ideal […]

FL’s competing gambling interests pour at least $62 million into PACs

BY: - July 13, 2021

Gambling-related campaign contributions flooded into Florida in June, according to campaign finance records, indicating the immensity of the gambling wealth up for grabs in the state. On Monday, the Florida Phoenix reported that sports-betting titans FanDuel and DraftKings poured $20 million into a campaign to legalize sports betting by amending the Florida Constitution in 2022. […]

Pro-gambling and anti-gambling forces take aim at FL compact with Seminole Tribe from different angles

BY: - July 7, 2021

Pro-gambling and anti-gambling forces appear to be united in fighting Florida’s new, high-dollar gambling compact between the State of Florida and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. But for different reasons, of course. Still under review by federal Indian gaming authorities, the compact ratified by the Florida Legislature in mid-May already has attracted a legal challenge […]

Florida gambling drama builds; sports-betting interests unveil constitutional amendment effort

BY: - June 24, 2021

Update: The Florida Division of Elections just approved and posted the proposed sports-betting initiative, allowing a petition drive for a constitutional amendment backed by the sports-betting industry to begin immediately. A 2022 ballot initiative to legalize sports betting in Florida regardless of the state’s newly ratified gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida is […]

States race to launch multi-billion-dollar sports betting for NFL season; fans and foes in FL ready to clash

BY: - June 22, 2021

Are you ready for some football? More to the point: Are you ready to gamble on it (legally)? Twenty-one states and the District of Columbia are set to go, and nine more are working on it as fast as they can, including Florida, hinging on an approval from the federal government that could reshape the […]

Seminole tribe to defend new FL gambling compact at federal level: We ‘have our work cut out for us’

BY: - May 25, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe of Florida are celebrating their success last week in advancing a 30-year agreement on gambling worth at least $2.5 billion to Florida over the next five years and much more over the next three decades. But did they succeed in crafting an agreement that will survive legal challenges […]

FL Senate goes first in ratifying gambling compact, over objections about constitutionality and secrecy

BY: - May 18, 2021

The Florida Senate ratified a 30-year gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe of Florida on Tuesday, ahead of a vote expected Wednesday in the House of Representatives. Over small but pointed bipartisan opposition, the Senate voted 38-1 to ratify the agreement negotiated by Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. It guarantees Florida […]

FL Legislature’s special session on gambling advances but exposes squeamishness

BY: and - May 17, 2021

Just before his panel voted Monday to advance legislation connected to Gov. Ron DeSantis’ big gambling deal, Republican Rep. Nick DiCeglie, from Pinellas County, confessed to mixed feelings. “I have some serious concerns about whether or not this is expansion of gambling. And that is something that I have to, you know, work out internally. […]

Casino opponents pledge lawsuit if FL Legislature expands gambling, but how strong is the case?

BY: - May 14, 2021

How likely are the anti-casino gambling forces in Florida to take the state to court if the Legislature approves Gov. Ron DeSantis’ proposed gambling compact with the Seminole Tribe? You can bet on it. “We’re interviewing lawyers right now,” John Sowinski, president of No Casinos, told the Phoenix in an interview. He is a communications […]

Gov. DeSantis strikes gambling deal with Seminole Tribe; Legislature, Biden administration, must approve

BY: - April 23, 2021

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a deal Friday with the Seminole Tribe of Florida that would rewrite Florida’s gambling laws and bring billions to the state through 2030. But first he needs approval from two important gatekeepers: The Florida Legislature and the Democratic Biden administration. That latter the governor has spent much of his time since […]


A closer look at Florida Constitutional Amendment 3

BY: - September 21, 2018

About this Florida Phoenix series: Florida voters could face a whopping twelve different proposed amendments to the state Constitution on Nov. 6 – one of the longest lists ever. The amendments cover a wild ride of subjects, including complex changes to tax policy, banning offshore oil drilling and greyhound racing, expanding gambling, automatically restoring voting […]