Florida sports betting conversation anything but fruitful so far Jill R. Dorson, Sports Handle · April 21, 2021 at 7:11 am Legal sports betting in Florida is looking more and more unlikely to get to the finish line in 2021, at least during the state legislature’s regular session, which ends April 30. From Senate President Wilton Simpson’s office to stakeholders throughout the state, the general word on the street is … no word. The issue of sports betting is hung up, as it becomes in many states with tribal interests, with Gov. Rob DeSantis’ office trying to negotiate with the Seminole Tribe, and the state legislature is kinda, sorta trying to move legislation without really knowing what the governor will negotiate. The Seminoles, who currently have six properties in the state, were the first to open a casino in Florida when they did so in 1979 in Hollywood.