The Seminole Tribe of Florida is lobbying against gaming expansion with the regulation of daily fantasy sports.
US.- Hard Rock casino and hotel operators, the Florida State’s Seminole Tribe, have revealed their position as to daily fantasy sports. According to representatives of the gaming company, the daily fantasy sports (DFS) bill that’s being debated in the state’s Congress is “a dealbreaker.” The Seminole Tribe and the government of Florida maintain a traditional agreement related to gaming industry, which could be violated with the approval of daily fantasy sports.
Under the current agreement named “Seminole Compact”, the native tribe has exclusive rights for the operation of gaming industry. However, the 2018 Legislative Session could change the deal as the Congress may legalise the daily fantasy sports market, one of the most popular in the United States.
“The Tribe believes the games permitted by these bills would violate the Tribe’s exclusivity, as set forth in Part XII of the 2010 Gaming Compact between the State and Tribe,” reads the letter sent by Jim Shore, the Tribe’s general counsel to Sen. Travis Hutson, a St. Augustine Republican, and Rep. Mike La Rosa, a St. Cloud Republican.
“By providing this notice, the Tribe hopes to avoid a situation where the State enacts legislation that inadvertently violates the Tribe’s exclusivity,” states the letter.