Fla. legislation may provide safe haven for daily fantasy sports

Fla. legislation may provide safe haven for daily fantasy sports

November 16, 2015 10:02 AM
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Fla. legislation may provide safe haven for daily fantasy sportsCompanies in the fantasy sports betting business may get the keys to a safe haven in Florida where there is the promise of legislation that would classify the action they provide as a game of skill rather than chance.

Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton, has filed a bill that would prohibit the state from treating fantasy sports companies as gambling operations.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that a companion bill has been filed by Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart who will become Senate President next year.

Gaetz said, “Government should have little or no involvement in the recreational daily lives of Floridians.”

Lawmakers and regulators in other states continue to come down on either side of the issue. The differing views suggest there will not be a national consensus without federal action.

The Massachusetts Attorney General appeared optimistic in comments last week that a review of DraftKings and FanDuel would result in them being allowed to operate if there are regulations in place.

But the New York Attorney General has ordered the two companies to stop doing business there because they are not in compliance with laws on gambling.

Nevada’s Attorney General determined that fantasy sports providers must have sports book licenses if they want to offer their games in the state.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: PhilHevener@GamingToday.com.

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