Opinion: Give fantasy sports a clear playing field

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By Peter Schoenke Amid all the recent clamor over fantasy sports, residents of Illinois may be forgiven for wondering about the legal status of these games. That’s a shame, because more than two million people in this state participate in fantasy sports contests, and they deserve clarity — and the right to play. The good news is that new legislation … Read More

Attorney General Kilmartin Finds Daily Fantasy Sports Legal in Rhode Island

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After a review of appropriate state statutes, case law, and operations, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has found that daily fantasy sports are currently legal under Rhode Island law. Kilmartin sent his finding in a letter to Governor Gina Raimondo, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed, and Speaker Nicholas Mattiello. Kilmartin also strongly advised the Legislature to at a minimum … Read More

Wisconsin Republican lawmaker has FanDuel, DraftKings bill in works, but this is different

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By Rich Kirchen A Wisconsin state Assembly representative who plays daily fantasy sports — best known lately through the brands DraftKings and FanDuel — will circulate a draft bill for the state to enact regulations on the fast-growing industry. State Rep. Tyler Vorpagel (R-Plymouth) describes his bill as providing consumer protections and addressing a new technology that has become popular … Read More

Daily fantasy sports: Here to stay in Minnesota?

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By Jason Gonzalez The Legislature is expected to take up the growing conundrum surrounding daily fantasy sports (DFS) when Minnesota lawmakers convene for the year March 8. But other state officials have neither the plans nor the jurisdiction to make splashier moves banning daily fantasy sports, as three high-profile states have done in recent months. On Tuesday, Texas became the … Read More

Fantasy Sports Trade Association President: ‘We Need To Formally Legalize Fantasy Play In 50 States’

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By Dustin Gouker Fantasy Sports Trade Association president Paul Charchian spoke to open the FSTA Winter Conference on Wednesday, saying he believes the fantasy sports industry and daily fantasy sports will be on firm, legal footing in more than 40 states in a few years’ time. The FSTA opened in Dallas against the backdrop of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issuing an opinion … Read More

Mark Cuban stands up for daily fantasy sports industry

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By Brent Schrotenboer Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has reached a verdict on certain politicians in New York, Illinois and Texas. They’re wrong about daily fantasy sports, he said. “Absolutely wrong.” Since October, the attorneys general in each of those states have declared that paid daily fantasy sports games are illegal under state gambling laws. New York is even going … Read More

Texas attorney general has no business determining legality of daily fantasy sports

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By: James C. Ho Texans love football. For millions of us, that means not just watching football — but playing fantasy football, too. State attorneys general in New York and Illinois, however, have taken controversial actions to prevent their citizens from playing fantasy sports. Texans are asking whether the same could happen here. Based on my experience, it would be … Read More

New York Daily Fantasy Players in Game for NBA, NHL Playoffs

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by Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg Daily fantasy sports players won’t be shut out of the National Basketball Association and National Hockey League playoffs after a state appeals court allowed the two biggest sites to continue operating while they fight the attorney general’s claim that they’re illegal gambling operations. A panel of state appellate judges on Monday put a hold on a December … Read More

MLB, NBA commissioners voice support for regulating FanDuel, DraftKings

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by Andrew Wallenstein / Boston Herald Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver voiced their support for regulating fantasy-sports websites FanDuel and DraftKings in a joint appearance at CES on Thursday morning. Citing the mounting legal challenges faced by these fast-growing businesses, the commissioners noted they were monitoring fantasy sports very closely and that they … Read More