Seminole Tribe launches campaign to fend off challenges to Florida gambling pact
After nailing down a deal that gave it control over sports betting in the state, the Seminole Tribe is trying to clinch its status as Florida’s gambling giant by squashing two proposed constitutional amendments backed by potential competitors.sun-sentinel.com
Skeletons In The Closet : Code Switch
In a small suburb of Washington, D.C., a non-descript beige building houses thousands of Native human remains. The remains are currently in the possession of the Smithsonian Institution. But for the past decade, the Seminole Tribe of Florida has been fighting to get a some of them back to Florida to be buried. The controversy over who should decide the fate of these remains has raised questions about identity, history, and the nature of archaeology.npr.org
FanDuel, DraftKings launch sports betting ballot initiative to fund education
Two of the nation’s top sports betting platforms, FanDuel and DraftKings, are proposing a constitutional amendment for the 2022 ballot that would authorize online sports betting at all Florida parimutuels, professional sports stadiums, and anywhere else in the state using a mobile sports betting platform.news.yahoo.com
Senado de Florida aprueba acuerdo de juego con tribu Seminole
Las apuestas deportivas en Florida están un paso más cerca de la legalización después de que el Senado aprobara abrumadoramente un proyecto de ley que aprueba un acuerdo de juego firmado por el gobernador republicano Ron DeSantis y la tribu Seminole.
Lawmakers Jettison Controversial Part of Seminole Gambling Deal
Under the proposed compact the Seminoles would pay the state at least $2.5 billion over five years in exchange for being able to operate sports betting in the state along with getting perks such as offering roulette and craps at tribal casinos.law.com
Seminole Tribe Tries to Ease Concerns About Gambling Deal
Despite their qualms about expanding the state’s gambling footprint Republican lawmakers who control the House and Senate including House Speaker Chris Sprowls are unlikely to quash a compact that would be a major achievement for the GOP governor whose political star is on the rise.law.com
Billionaire with Miami Beach casino vision pushes legislature to update gambling laws
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Billionaire Jeffrey Soffer, the son of real estate developer Donald Soffer, is behind a new effort to update Florida’s gambling laws. Miami Beach commissioners recently voted to hire lawyers to stop him from building a casino under the Fontainebleau Miami Beach brand. Soffer’s vision goes against Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber’s mission to discourage late-night entertainment in the city. “What they are going to want to do apparently is take casino licenses, take gaming licenses, gambling licenses that exist right now in parimutuels — slot machines, card games, and things like that — and allow them to become portable,” Gelber said. The property is now under Jeffrey Soffer’s Fontainebleau Development, which also owns neighboring Miami Beach property.
Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Max B. Osceola Jr. dies of COVID-19
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Max Osceola, Jr., who was a former chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s council and represented the Hollywood Seminole Reservation, died on Thursday of COVID-19, the tribe announced on Friday. Osceola was a Tribal Council representative from 1985 to 2010. He also acted as an ambassador of the Seminole Tribe and was a supporter of the Boys and Girls Clubs, Ann Storck Center, Winterfest and the Victory Junction Camp. Chris Osceola, a Tribal Council representative for the Hollywood Seminole Reservation who is not a relative, described him as a modern-day warrior and a true legend. “He will forever be embedded in our hearts and the history of the Seminole Tribe,” Chris Osceola said in a statement.
Trump: Coronavirus pandemic turns into disaster for Seminole Tribe
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – President Donald Trump declared Friday that a major disaster exists for the Seminole Tribe of Florida and ordered federal assistance to supplement the tribe’s efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. Pete Gaynor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator, named Gracia Szczech as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
Hard Rock expects its casinos, hotels, restaurants to take a year to recover after they reopen
Hard Rock International Chairman Jim Allen told CNBC on Wednesday he does not see a quick return to robust business after its coronavirus-closed casinos, hotels and restaurants reopen. "There's going to be a real challenge, especially here in the United States, as far as ramping the business back up. We're planning on that taking a year," said Allen, CEO of the Seminole Tribe of Florida's gaming company, which bought the Hard Rock brand in 2007. Allen said that tourism, which has been decimated by the Covid-19 pandemic, supports the Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen as well as other international properties. "If you look at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square [in New York City], a restaurant that does $50 million in actual sales, that's all tourism.cnbc.com