Bill would legalize fantasy sports in Arizona

Bill would legalize fantasy sports in Arizona

February 22, 2016 11:40 AM


Arizona may be the next state to legalize online fantasy sports wagering.

An amendment to Senate Bill 1515 would end a prohibition in the state’s current gambling law, which affects online fantasy sports leagues. State law outlaws any prize being paid on any game of either skill or chance. Fantasy sports backers say their games require skill because players choose players to compete.

Arizona Attorney General sent a letter to one of the nation’s major fantasy sports websites in November demanding that they disclose safeguards in place to ensure Arizonans are not being allowed to play on the site.

Sen. Adam Driggs’ bill specifically allows fantasy sports leagues. The Judiciary Committee he chairs advanced the bill on a 5-2 vote Thursday.

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