New Jersey, Delaware Will Have Legal, Regulated DFS If Governors Sign Bills

Written By Steve Ruddock on July 7, 2017 - Last Updated on June 27, 2018
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Two states are closing in on new laws to regulate the daily fantasy sports industry.

The legislatures in New Jersey and Delaware have both passed DFS bills in the past week. Both just need the signatures of their respective governors to become law.

Those states join New Hampshire in that boat.

DFS legislation update

NJ, Delaware almost to finish line

New Jersey, in the wake of excitement of the US Supreme Court taking up its sports betting case, managed to pass a fantasy sports bill.

The bill was overwhelmingly approved in both chambers. The timing with the sports betting case breathing back to life is certainly odd, however.

All that remains is for Gov. Chris Christie to sign it.

Delaware took similar action — a bill got through the legislature — although the status of DFS is much different there. DraftKings and FanDuel do not operate in the state, currently, after being asked to cease and desist by the state attorney general. A new law would obviously change that.

More on both states here.

The DFS bill tally

The number of states that have introduced legislation seeking to legalize DFS in 2017 remains at 25. And the number of states with active legislation stands at 18:

  1. Alabama
  2. Arkansas
  3. Connecticut
  4. Delaware
  5. Florida
  6. Georgia
  7. Hawaii
  8. Illinois
  9. Iowa
  10. Kentucky
  11. Maine
  12. Michigan
  13. Minnesota
  14. Montana
  15. Nebraska
  16. New Jersey
  17. New Hampshire
  18. North Carolina
  19. Ohio
  20. Oregon
  21. Pennsylvania
  22. Rhode Island
  23. Texas
  24. Vermont
  25. Washington

Legal Sports Report’s legislative tracker has up-to-the-minute updates on all DFS legislation.

Sports betting legalization update

More on NJ sports betting

Analysts were still digesting the fact that SCOTUS would take up New Jersey’s case as it attempts to legalize sports gambling.

While there was nothing substantive that happened, an academic paper floated the possibility that SCOTUS could shut down Nevada sports betting in its ruling. If you find that unlikely, you’re not alone, but it does have a chance of happening. More here.

Sports betting legislation

There are 11 states that have either taken up the fight to repeal PASPA, or are exploring legislation that would authorize sports betting if federal sports betting laws were to change:

  1. Connecticut
  2. Hawaii
  3. Maryland
  4. Michigan
  5. Mississippi
  6. New Jersey
  7. New York
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. South Carolina
  11. West Virginia

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