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Breakthrough deal brings sports betting in Florida closer to reality

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – SEPTEMBER 08: The Miami Dolphins are introduced prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Hard Rock Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe came to agreement on a gaming compact that would bring mobile sports betting and sportsbooks to Florida.

The deal is still subject to federal and statewide approval and could face legal challenges and even a possible voter referendum before bets can be placed.

If passed through the legislature, Florida would become the most populated state to allow sports betting.

“The Seminole Tribe of Florida is committed to a mutually beneficial gaming compact with the State of Florida and looks forward to its approval by the Florida Legislature, the Seminole Tribal Council and the U.S. Department of the Interior,” Seminole Tribe of Florida Chairman Marcellus Osceola Jr. told the Miami Herald.

According to The Action Network, the deal also has the opportunity to have sportsbooks inside stadiums and arenas.