Florida is Hoping for Sports Betting in Time for Football Season

In some massive news for Florida sports betting, it was recently announced that the Appeals Court overturned a decision from a U.S. District Judge which banned things in the state. Now, though, legal sports betting will be back in the coming months for people to take advantage of. People will be waiting on The Seminole Tribe to get things launched. And the good news is that Florida is hoping for sports betting in time for football season.

We don’t have to tell you that this is going to be massive for Florida if legal wagers are permitted by the time Week 1 of the NFL and college football campaign arrives. Football, like in other states around the USA, is king in Florida. Whenever late July and early August hits, people are quick to shift their focus on football, as training camps and fall camps are in full swing with teams getting ready for the new season.

The coming months figure to be massive for the Sunshine State with football betting back on the docket. When things were made available for people in Florida in the fall of 2021, football wagers were pouring in. The Hard Rock Cafe had mobile betting as an option for its customers and people loved every second of the allowed betting before things indeed were taken down via the U.S. District Judge’s decision.

Now, there’s going to be a lot of work for The Seminole Tribe to do in order to see their 30-year pact with Governor Ron DeSantis get back up and running. In the coming weeks, we should have an update on a date that plans will be put in motion. It’s going to take some time for sportsbooks to get operations running in Florida as well, but there’s no question that things will be a huge hit from Day 1.

NFL betting will be through the roof in Florida from Day 1

As we hinted above, NFL betting will be through the roof in Florida from Day 1 In the state, people are always going to have high attention on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars and Miami Dolphins. All three of these teams are loaded with talent and they have big-time expectations for this season. With the Bucs, they’re going to have to get used to life without Tom Brady, as he retired shortly after the Bucs lost to the Cowboys in the playoffs.

As for the Jaguars, goodness, this will surely be a team to watch in the AFC this year. Trevor Lawrence really showcased his potential in 2022 and fans are excited to see what new standout receiver Calvin Ridley will be able to get done with the AFC South side this fall and winter. Ridley missed all of last season due to betting on games, but he’s excited to remind people of how good he can be.

Last but not least, the Miami Dolphins will be another team to watch in the AFC, as they have strong NFL betting odds to go on a deep run in the postseason. Everyone will hope that signal-caller Tua Tagovailoa will be able to stay healthy throughout the campaign, which wasn’t the case last year. If he can stay close to 100 percent, then the Dolphins will surely be a team to watch moving forward. Don’t forget about Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle either.

All in all, the excitement for the season could not be higher. Folks are waiting to see if someone can take down the Chiefs, as plenty of squads have strong Super Bowl odds entering the new campaign. Will it be the Jags, Bucs or Dolphins? This is something football fans in Florida can’t wait to find out and they’ll of course be ready to bet on those teams as soon as Florida announces that things are back open again.

MLB betting in the fall will be great to see too

One thing to keep in mind here too is that MLB betting in the fall will be great to see too. If the legal betting is able to get going by late August, that means that baseball fans will be able to check the MLB betting odds and put down money for the end of the regular season, plus the postseason.

As things stand, the Tampa Bay Rays are the best team in Florida, as people are dreaming of them potentially reaching the postseason. The Rays hold strong MLB betting odds in the AL, but you figure the Astros, Rangers and Yankees will be able to give them a run for their money. However, if Tampa Bay can push through, it will be massive for local betting.

As a whole, the Atlanta Braves and Los Angeles Dodgers hold the best World Series odds, but Tampa Bay is a squad that can’t be slept on. With their strong pitching and hitting, the Rays have what it takes to win it all. Folks in the area can’t wait to see what they get done this fall and they’ll be ready to bet big on them when possible.

Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis Jr. comes from Mississippi where he and his family spend their days discussing college football, baseball and basketball. He's written sports journalism for years after studying journalism at a local university. Over time, Peter has cultivated extensive knowledge covering sports betting legislation across the country. He closely tracks the latest regulatory developments and provides key insights into their impacts. Peter also offers sharp MLB betting analysis, leveraging stats and trends to identify value on matchups.