North Carolina House rejects bill regulating Fantasy Sports

North Carolina House rejects bill regulating Fantasy Sports

May 19, 2017 12:51 PM

A North Carolina House committee Wednesday rejected recommendation of a bill requiring fantasy sports businesses to register with the Secretary of State’s Office and meet minimal operating standards. Social conservatives argued that the bill would further legitimize gambling in the state.

Bill sponsor Rep. Jason Saine wanted to join about a dozen other states that now have similar legislation. He told colleagues North Carolina should join them to prevent potential future industry abuses in the state.

But North Carolina Family Policy Council lobbyist John Rustin said the bill would represent a “massive expansion of legalized gambling.” North Carolina currently has only a state-run lottery and a casino run by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

The lack of action on new legislation means it’s unlikely the idea would be considered again until 2019. Some industry observers say fantasy sports games will continue in the state because contests are played online and state law remains ambiguous about whether fantasy sports meets the state’s definition of gambling.