Vermont Gives Daily Fantasy Sports A Small Victory; Setback For Legalization In North Carolina

Written By Steve Ruddock on May 19, 2017 - Last Updated on June 27, 2018
Vermont fantasy sports

With the passage of a daily fantasy sports bill, the Vermont legislature gave the daily fantasy sports industry a small, but much needed victory this week. Unfortunately, DFS continues to strike out in larger states, with the latest legislative failure occurring in North Carolina.

Sports betting talk continues to heat up, as calls for legalization continue to intensify, perhaps aided by the string of new hybrid products that have sprung into being.

DFS legislation update

Vermont governor is on the clock

It looks like Vermont will soon be adding its name to the list of states that have legalized daily fantasy sports.

The legislature passed a bill that would legalize and regulate DFS in the state this week. The bill’s next stop will be the desk of Governor Phil Scott.

Vermont is a small state, but following recent failures in Florida and Texas, the industry will welcome any DFS legislative momentum it can get.

DFS is down but not out in North Carolina

A daily fantasy sports bill failed to advance out of the North Carolina House Regulatory Reform Committee.

The Committee voted down the bill, H 279, by a vote of 4-7.

The bill isn’t dead, but its future seems in doubt unless several committee members have a change of heart, or the legislature blazes a new path for DFS legislation.

DFS news and notes

  • Legislative action in Alabama faces an uphill battle. The legislative session ends today, and a DFS bill would have to pass both houses to make it to the governor’s desk.
  • FanDuel has added WNBA games to its list of contests. What impact this might have in broadening the appeal of DFS to new demographics is unclear.

The DFS bill tally

The number of states that have introduced legislation seeking to legalize DFS in 2017 still stands at 24. The number of states with active legislation is still 18:

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

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

Sports betting legalization update

New Jersey Congressman wants sports betting action

New Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone is growing impatient, and wants the Supreme Court to get the ball rolling on Pallone’s home state’s sports betting case.

The Supreme Court has asked the US Solicitor General to weigh in on New Jersey’s sports betting appeal before it decides if it will hear the case. But the SG position has yet to be filled, as Solicitor General nominee Noel Francisco is still awaiting confirmation.

Frustrated with waiting, Pallone sent a letter to the acting Solicitor General, urging him to weigh in on New Jersey’s sports betting appeal, according to ESPN.

Legal Sports Report’s Dustin Gouker provides some background and insights into this story here.

Products continued to blur the sports betting line

While New Jersey waits to find out sports betting’s future, a number of new products continue to push the envelope when it comes to what does and doesn’t violate the federal sports betting prohibition known as PASPA.

As Legal Sports Report outlines, companies are trying to fill the void by developing social sports betting products and DFS/sports betting hybrids.

Sports betting legislation

Eight states are fighting for a repeal of PASPA, or pre-committing to legalizing sports betting if federal sports betting laws were to change:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Maryland
  3. Michigan
  4. New Jersey
  5. New York
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. South Carolina
  8. West Virginia
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Steve Ruddock is a veteran of the gambling industry, having been a longtime contributor to numerous publications both online and off centered on the regulated US online gambling industry. Steve is based in Massachusetts.

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