Supreme Court ruling on sports betting could affect Georgia and Florida

By: Tiffany Lewis | WCTV Eyewitness News
May 14, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A decision by the Supreme Court could allow sports betting in all 50 states.

The decision, which came down on Monday, lifted a previous ban set in 1992 on sports gambling in states other than Nevada.

Residents of the Big Bend are excited about the possibilities.

"I love it," said resident Miller Jones. "Hopefully it can make me some money!"

But, experts in the area say change could come for some places before others.

"If you were in New Jersey, you could be jumping for joy, because you're probably going to get to bet on the NBA finals in a few weeks," said Tallahassee gaming lawyer Marc Dunbar. "But for Florida and Georgia, change is going to come much slower. There is a lot of change in legislation that will have to be made."

Dunbar also points out Amendment 3, which will be on the Florida ballot in November, and says that residents need to vote "no" if they want to see sports gambling in Florida.

"A lot of people might not be too familiar with Amendment 3 that we will vote on in November," Dunbar said. "I would encourage those in favor of sports betting to read up on it and make sure to vote no. If it passes, sports gaming will be pretty much impossible to pass here."

Amendment 3 would limit the expansion of gambling in the state of Florida. The main funding behind the amendment comes from Disney World and the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

Still, Dunbar says, just because changes won't come overnight, they are still possible.

"This could mean big things for our states," Dunbar said. "It will bring tourism, tax revenue and overall be a low-risk moneymaker."