HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 21Issue 35Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Continues to Receive Attention at State and Federal Levels

Following the October 15, 2015 Nevada Gaming Control Board Notice to state licensees stating that the operation of daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) requires a sports book license in Nevada, several additional state Attorney Generals, Governors and Federal congressmen have weighed in on the emerging industry. In addition, according to reports in The New York Times, the N.C.A.A. sent a notice this week to DraftKings and FanDuel cancelling a meeting with them in light of serval official inquiries, including those by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the New York attorney general’s office, into the fairness of the games. The New York Times article also noted that in August of 2015, ten prominent football conferences and the N.C.A.A. had asked both website operators to stop offering fantasy games based upon college sports “because they were inconsistent with our values, bylaws, rules and interpretation regarding sports wagering” and could violate “various state laws.” 

In additional developments, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey’s office issued the following statement “[t]he federal statute dealing with unlawful Internet gambling left to the states the ability to regulate fantasy sports. We are seeking extensive information about the industry and have spoken with the leading companies directly as part of this review.” Attorney General Healy further stated that “[t]here is little question that the this industry will need to be regulated in order to protect consumers.” 

In addition to DraftKings and FanDuel there are at least an additional 19 other fantasy sports contest websites operating within the United States. 

 

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