Kansas approves fantasy sports
May 20, 2015 10:03 AM
by Phil Hevener
State and federal laws have difficulty keeping pace with wagering laws.
Sports wagering as it is known in Nevada is illegal across most of the country, but Kansas lawmakers have no problem with it, according to a bill signed into law this week by Gov. Sam Brownback.
The Associated reported that that gaming regulators in Kansas (the Lottery Board) questioned its legality because the state constitution says only the Lottery Board can administer games fitting the broadest description of a lottery.
But Attorney General Derek Schmidt released an opinion in April, according to the AP, that legislators could legalize fantasy sports leagues by declaring that the outcome depends on the knowledge and skill of the players.
The bill signed Tuesday by Brownback was approved in each chamber by large margins.. Most of the major sports leagues have already committed themselves to fantasy sports marketing programs of one kind or another.
Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. He can be reached at PhilHevener@GamingToday.com.