Why Florida should allow sports gambling, and how it might happen

Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, right, drives past Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Well, this is a no-brainer folks, and it has been for a long time now.

After yesterdays landmark ruling by the Supreme Court to strike down the federal law banning sports gambling, it became abundantly clear that some states were about to become very rich. Florida could, and should become one of those states. Because as you should know by now, the ruling stated that the gambling laws would now be up to how each individual state wants to mandate it.

According to the early reports, our great state is not on the short list of those who are expected to partake in the festivities right off the bat. As of now, there are laws in place that make sports gambling illegal in the state. So if Florida is going to get a piece of the action, the legislators would have to come up with some new rules to be voted on and passed in the midterm elections happening this November. Which means they would need to start working on something now.

But from the way it seems, the idea would have to gain some steam first before anything is passed. Which makes me beg the question, why? Why in the world is this even a question?! We are talking about a multi-billion dollar industry that takes place every single day, unregulated and untaxed. Whether or not it is made legal won’t stop the fact that it will continue to happen. So now that the door has been opened, why would you not run right through and take the money?

We are talking about billions upon billions of dollars that the state is willing to leave on the table. And that’s just the money that they could tax. How about all of the infrastructure and tourism it could bring? Just another reason to come to Florida right? So there is your “why” now about the “how.”

One of the main reasons this law needs to gain some steam first before it will be passed is because of the morality issue. The fact of the matter is, a great portion of the state is a conservative bible belt that believes gambling is immoral, so how do you get over that hurdle? Imitate the Florida Lottery.

The state of Florida makes billions of dollars each year off of its numerous lottery games, and a portion of that money goes toward education in the state. So if there could be a clause in any new law that says a portion of the gambling monies goes towards education, or better yet, raising teacher salaries, then who in their right mind could be against that?!

It’s a win-win for everyone in that situation. Time to get on board Florida, it’s way overdue.



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