Idaho bans daily fantasy sports activity
May 04, 2016 1:26 PM
by Phil Hevener
Idaho has become the most recent state to order an end to betting on daily fantasy sports contests.
Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said DraftKings and FanDuel, have agreed to stop providing the service to Idaho residents.
Wasden said in a news release that the online sport contest, where fans bet on players’ performances, is considered illegal gambling in Idaho. The Idaho Constitution bans gambling except for the state lottery, pari-mutuel betting as well as bingo and raffle games.
“My concern is that the daily fantasy sports offerings my office reviewed require participants to risk money for a cash prize contingent upon individual athletes’ collective performances in various future sporting events,” Wasden said. “As I see it, this falls within Idaho’s definition of gambling.”
Attorneys general in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Kansas have ruled the practice legal, while 12 others call it illegal gambling, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Three states have legalized daily fantasy sports through statute, according to the organization, while lawmakers in 35 states are weighing the policy this year.
Idaho’s agreement with DraftKings and FanDuel allows the companies to resume operating in the state if the Legislature changes the state’s strict gambling law or if a judge overturns the statute.
Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: PhilHevener@GamingToday.com.