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SCOTUS refuses to hear Seminole compact challenge

The U.S. Supreme Court. (Courtesy image)

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 17 declined to hear a challenge to the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s 2021 gaming compact with the state, which grants the tribe exclusive rights to online sports betting in Florida. The court’s decision leaves the compact in effect.  

The court denied a petition from West Flagler Associates and the Bonita-Fort Myers Corp., which argued the compact gives the tribe an online sports betting monopoly and violates the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

“The Seminole Tribe of Florida applauds today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to decline consideration of the case involving the tribe’s gaming compact with the State of Florida,” tribe spokesman Gary Bitner said in a statement. “It means members of the Seminole Tribe and all Floridians can count on a bright future made possible by the compact.”

The tribe, which is the parent entity of Hard Rock International, launched its sports betting – known as Hard Rock Bet –  in late 2023. From December 2023 through May 2024, revenues paid from the tribe to the state were $357 million. State economic forecasters predict that revenue sharing from tribal gaming could total $4.4 billion through the end of the decade.