Over the past decade, teams from California, Florida or Texas have competed in more than half the championship series in the four major professional sports — including every NBA final. But yet sports gambling in all three states is unlikely to happen in the short term.
A 50-state review of sports gambling legislation by The AP reveals that legalization efforts are nonexistent or very unlikely to happen anytime soon in Florida.
Powerful tribal interests that control most casino gambling are reluctant to reopen their agreements with the state and potentially share the gambling market with other players.
Any attempt to allow sports gambling would likely require a statewide vote to amend the constitution.