The dog days of summer produced a pretty busy week for daily fantasy sports legislation.
Delaware crossed the finish line in fourteenth place, and Maine is sprinting down the home stretch trying to become the fifteenth state to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports.
Meanwhile, in Massachusetts, a special commission created to look into online gambling and daily fantasy sports has released a draft of its final recommendations that has some good news and bad news for DFS.
DFS legislation update
Delaware gets it done
With Gov. John Carney’s signature on the bill, Delaware became the fourth state this year, and the fourteenth state overall, to legalize and regulate DFS.
However, the bill is quite prohibitive, and is likely to shut out all operators not named FanDuel or DraftKings, as it calls for a $50,000 licensing fee and 15.5 percent tax on gross gaming revenue in a state of less than one million people.
Maine on course to become #15
Another small state, Maine is a Gov. Paul LePage signature away from joining the ranks of DFS states.
Maine legislature has passed a fantasy sports bill. Heads to governor. Would be 14th state with a law.
— Dustin Gouker (@DustinGouker) July 21, 2017
LePage is a true wildcard, so it’s probably best to wait and see what he does before penciling Maine into the win column.
The DFS bill tally
The list of states that have passed DFS legislation comprises:
- New Hampshire
- New York
The number of states that have introduced legislation seeking to legalize DFS in 2017 remains at 25, while the number of states with active legislation has been reduced to 14:
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
Legal Sports Report’s legislative tracker has up-to-the-minute updates on all DFS legislation.
Massachusetts weighs in
The Massachusetts Special Commission on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports Gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports revealed the almost-final-draft of its findings and recommendations this week. The final draft will be submitted on Monday.
In positive news, the commission recommended permanently legalizing DFS. But it wasn’t all good news in the Bay State. In doing so, the Commission recommended DFS be classified as online gaming.
That designation rankled DraftKings, which issued the following statement:
“DraftKings is proud to call Boston and Massachusetts home. We have more than 300 employees from 79 cities and towns across the state, and while we are committed to growing and innovating here, this provision, if adopted, could impact our ability to do that.”
Sports betting legalization update
Is New Jersey eyeing online sports betting?
In an interview with Global Gaming Business’s Roger Gros, New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement Director David Rebuck said, “sports is ripe for online.” The comment was in response to some hypothetical about what would happen if New Jersey were to win its Supreme Court case.
Sports betting legislation
Twelve states 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:
- New Jersey
- New York
- South Carolina
- West Virginia