HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 22Issue 15 CONGRESSINAL HEARING HELD ON FANTASY SPORTS

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016, the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing on “Daily Fantasy Sports:  Issues and Perspectives”.   The Committee heard from:

· Steve Brubaker, Executive Director, Small Business Fantasy Sports Trade Association;

· Kurt Eggert, Professor of Law, Chapman University Fowler School of Law;

· Jordan Gnat, Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development, Scientific Games;

· Mark Locke, Chief Executive Officer, Genius Sports;

· John M. McManus, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, MGM Resorts International;

· Ryan Rodenberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Sport Management, Florida State University;

· Peter Schoenke, President, Rotowire.com, Chairman, Fantasy Sports Trade Association; and

· Lindsay Slader, Operations Manager, GeoComply.

All of these parties gave various perspectives and information on how daily fantasy sports work, and the technology used in connection with the operations.  Notably, the two major operators of daily fantasy sports in the United States did not make presentations to the Committee, although representatives of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association did participate to provide an industry perspective.

Additionally, the American Gaming Association submitted written testimony to the Committee.  The AGA stated, in part:

Over the past year, public interest in Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) has exploded. This growing popularity has raised important questions about the appropriate regulatory environment, the adequacy of federal and state gaming laws and the best way to protect consumers and the integrity of games.

It also provides an opportunity to review the effectiveness of America’s 25-year-old federal sports betting ban in light of growing public acceptance of gaming in general, the soaring interest in sports betting in particular and the development of new technologies that can aid law enforcement in overseeing betting activities.

As far as DFS is concerned, AGA’s position is simple: DFS currently operates in a legal gray zone. We think it should be black and white. The gaming industry wants to see clear rules of the road that lay out where DFS is going to be legal, how it is going to be regulated and how consumers are going to be protected.

To view the Committee hearing in its entirety, please visit: https://energycommerce.house.gov/hearings-and-votes/hearings/daily-fantasy-sports-issues-and-perspectives.


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