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U.S. regulators might block the merger of FanDuel and DraftKings

Staff at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have raised serious competition concerns with the proposed merger of FanDuel and DraftKings, according to three sources familiar with the matter, raising the specter that the government agency could soon block the deal.

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6/22/2017

article Fantasy sports giants to state commission: Leave us alone
(Massachusetts) -- DraftKings and FanDuel, two pioneers in online fantasy sports betting who face the prospect of more state regulation and taxation, are urging a state...
article Federal judge grants temporary restraining order in FanDuel, DraftKings merger case
(USA) -- A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order that prevents DraftKings and FanDuel from completing its merger as the Federal Trade Commission seeks to...
article Judge temporarily halts daily fantasy sports merger
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has temporarily halted the planned merger between daily fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings.
article Delaware bill could legalize fantasy sports betting
(Delaware) -- If a bill making its way through the House becomes law, Delawareans will be able to bet on fantasy sports. Current state law does not allow online fantasy...
article Vermont Legislature passes Fantasy Sports Bill
(Vermont) -- In a move to become the latest state to regulate daily fantasy sports ("DFS"), the Vermont Legislature has passed a bill defining fantasy sports...
article Fantasy sports players in North America near 60M
(USA) -- Despite regulatory woes in the U.S., the number of fantasy sports players in North America has grown 3.3 percent this year. Fantasy sports players in North...

6/21/2017

article DraftKings and Fan Duel Losing Hundreds of Millions, According to Leaked Documents
(Washington D.C.) -- DraftKings and FanDuel are hemorrhaging money, according to a 106-page merger document circulated by FanDuel to its investors back in January, and...
article DraftKings-FanDuel Merger Battle Will Hinge On Who Rivals Really Are
(Washington D.C.) -- With the proposed merger of DraftKings and FanDuel in the crosshairs of the Federal Trade Commission, the two largest daily fantasy sports sites are...
article Federal judge orders temporary stop to DraftKings, FanDuel merger
(Washington D.C.) -- The proposed merger between daily-fantasy-sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel has been temporarily halted by a federal judge, days after the...
article FTC to block DraftKings, FanDuel fantasy sports merger
(Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Trade Commission said it will attempt to block the merger of the DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy sports websites because it would likely...
article GOUKER: Will DraftKings And FanDuel Actually Fight To Merge In Court, And Other Questions About The Road Ahead For DFS’ ‘Big Two’
(USA) -- The daily fantasy sports industry was turned on its head this week. First, news came down that the Federal Trade Commission would try to block the merger of...

6/20/2017

article Federal and state officials move to block fantasy sports merger between DraftKings and FanDuel
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal and state officials on Monday moved to block the merger between DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel, arguing the combination would harm competition...
article Federal Trade Commission to oppose DraftKings-FanDuel merger
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has said that it will seek to block the proposed merger between daily fantasy sports (DFS) companies...
article The DraftKings, FanDuel financials
(USA) -- Federal antitrust regulators yesterday sued to block the proposed merger of fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel, leaving the two companies scrambling to...
article Is Daily Fantasy Sports a Form of Online Gambling?
(USA) -- Just a few years ago, it seemed like you couldn’t watch a sporting event without seeing advertisements for daily fantasy sports leagues like Draft Kings...
article Why The US Pro Sports Leagues Are Partially Responsible For The Daily Fantasy Sports Mess
(USA) -- There were hot takes flying around the internet yesterday when the Federal Trade Commission announced it would seek to block the merger between daily fantasy...

6/19/2017

article DraftKings, FanDuel merger violates antitrust laws, FTC says
(Washington D.C.) -- The planned merger of daily fantasy sports leaders DraftKings and FanDuel is on hold, after the Federal Trade Commission announced Monday it would...
article FanDuel, DraftKings Merger On Thin Ice
(Washington D.C.) -- The merger of top daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel is officially on thin ice. The Federal Trade Commission announced on Monday that...
article FTC plans to challenge DraftKings FanDuel merger
(Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Trade Commission has a message for DraftKings and FanDuel before they merge: Not so fast. The two daily fantasy sports sites announced...
article FTC says it will file suit to block FanDuel, DraftKings merger
(Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that it would seek to block the merger between the two leading daily fantasy sites, FanDuel and...

6/18/2017

article U.S. regulators might block the merger of FanDuel and DraftKings
(New York) -- The fate of two of the largest daily fantasy sports sites lies in limbo as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decides if a merger will create an unfair...
article Online rummy operator invests in Fan Fight daily fantasy sports domain
(India) -- The boss for Indian skill-based online games operator Head InfoTech India Private Limited has reportedly invested some $38,800 in WCFN Solutions Private...

6/16/2017

article FanDuel DraftKings merger in danger
(USA) -- The US Federal Trade Commission might be worried that a potential merger between DraftKings and FanDuel could endanger the competition in the daily fantasy...
article If Merger Of FanDuel And DraftKings Gets Held Up, It Might Be Good News For One Of Them
(USA) -- The proposed merger between daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel has reportedly hit some choppy water. Recode reported on Wednesday night that the...
article Senate legislation would establish consumer protections for and legality of Michigan fantasy sports
(Michigan) -- Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing) introduced a legislative package this week that would add a layer of protection to the fantasy sports world that...
article Regulated Fantasy Sports Generates Nowhere Near The Tax Revenue Of Regulated Online Casinos
(USA) -- The daily fantasy sports industry has a chance to generate revenue for any state that: Has passed a law regulating DFS; Is large enough to feature a meaningful...
article Ace2Three gets on fantasy sports train with Fan Fight investment
(India) -- Indian rummy website Ace2Three is planning to invest INR10 million ($155,195.50) in real-money fantasy sports portal Fan Fight, which is launching soon.
article sportsQ aims to make fantasy sports players smarter
(USA) -- The expansion of the application of technology continues to innovate fantasy sports, and sportsQ figures to be a significant factor in that perpetual evolution.
article OP/ED: Who says fantasy betting isn’t alive and well in Vegas?
(Las Vegas) -- If you are one of those folks who was head over heels in love with fantasy sports betting and are still pining away at the early departure of those mega-...

6/14/2017

article U.S. regulators might block the merger of FanDuel and DraftKings
(Washington D.C.) -- Staff at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have raised serious competition concerns with the proposed merger of FanDuel and DraftKings, according to...
article Derby Wars To Pay $500,000 To Stronach Group, Comply With Interstate Horseracing Act, To Settle Lawsuit
(California) -- The owners of Derby Wars will pay The Stronach Group $500,000 over the next year as part of a settlement agreement that ends litigation filed by the...
article Is Daily Fantasy Sports A Form Of Gambling? New Rutgers Study Seems To Imply It Is
(New Jersey) -- Daily fantasy sports is like gambling. That’s the conclusion one will come to after reviewing Rutgers Center For Gambling Studies‘ recent...
article Legislation introduced to regulate fantasy sports games
(Michigan) -- Is the fantasy football league you're in technically illegal? Bills introduced in the State Senate would regulate fantasy sports in Michigan. The...

6/13/2017

article Yahoo is no more, but what's that mean for my Yahoo Fantasy Sports?
(USA) -- So Yahoo, the company, has bitten the dust. Verizon now officially owns the one-time Web portal, paying $4.48 billion, and is merging Yahoo with AOL to create a...

6/12/2017

article An Even Dozen: Daily Fantasy Sports Now Legal In 12 States After Vermont Enacts Law
(Vermont) -- Vermonters can now enjoy legal fantasy sports and Ben & Jerry’s at the same time. Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill legalizing and regulating paid-...
article Vermont legalised daily fantasy sports
(Vermont) -- Governor of Vermont, Phil Scott, has finally signed a bill that legalises and regulates daily fantasy sports (DFS) activity in the state. With this new...

6/6/2017

article CFL partners with TSN for fantasy sports launch
(Canada) -- Canadian media company The Sports Network (TSN) has launched a new fantasy sports service in partnership with American football competition the Canadian...
article Women in Fantasy Sports: Jackie Booth
(Massachusetts) -- Sometimes it takes being in the right place at the right time to catapult your career. For Jackie Booth, Director of Product and Analytics at...

6/5/2017

article BRENNAN: Horse racing companies win in court over daily fantasy-style game
(New Jersey) -- A 14-page ruling by a California judge will be closely scrutinized by the overall daily fantasy sports industry to see if its impact might be widespread...

6/4/2017

article For daily fantasy sports sites, legal limbo in Texas set to continue
(Texas) -- A year and a half after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion equating some fantasy sports sites to illegal gambling, the legal landscape for...
article Boom Fantasy closes $2M seed round, acquires fantasy sports rival Draftpot
(USA) -- Daily fantasy sports operator Boom Fantasy has announced a $2 million seed round, shaking up an industry that has pressed pause on expansion over to regulatory...

5/30/2017

article DraftKings, FanDuel Eye Late Push For Fantasy Sports Legalization In Illinois
(Illinois) -- The daily fantasy sports industry has a real chance to gain legal clarity in Illinois with just two days left in the legislative session.
article Plan to tax, regulate fantasy sports industry emerges in Springfield
(Illinois) -- Several bills to regulate fantasy sports betting and internet gambling surfaced at the Capitol Tuesday in a last-minute attempt to push through an idea...
article ‘Derby Wars’ Ruling Adds Fuel To NY Daily Fantasy Sports Court Case
(New York) -- The relevance of a court’s finding that daily fantasy sports for horse racing involves the taking of “wagers” is in question for the rest...

5/29/2017

article Effort in Texas to legalize daily fantasy sports appears dead
(Texas) -- The latest effort to legalize for-profit fantasy sports leagues in Texas appears to be dead. State Rep. Richard Peña Raymond had proposed legislation that...
article While Daily Fantasy Golf Keeps Growing At DraftKings And Beyond, Legal Questions Linger
(USA) -- The legal landscape of daily fantasy sports has been the subject of an ongoing debate, both at the state and federal levels. The golf vertical, however, might...

5/28/2017

article Several US States Seek to Make DFS Legal in 2017
(UK) -- Until recently, the massive potential of the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) seemed to remain somehow outside the focus of the gaming operators on the territory of...

5/27/2017

article Bill would protect fantasy sports participants
(Ohio) -- The Ohio House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that would regulate fantasy sports and provide consumer protections for Ohioans who participate...
article Laredo lawmaker trying to revive fantasy sports legislation
(Texas) -- A Laredo lawmaker is trying to bring back from the dead legislation that would allow fantasy sports companies to operate in Texas. Just before House members...
article Should N.J. regulate daily fantasy sports? It could be up to Christie soon
(New Jersey) -- Gov. Chris Christie could soon decide if New Jersey will begin regulating and taxing daily fantasy sports companies. The state Senate voted 33-0 on...
article B2B Daily Fantasy Sports Acquisition Targets Growth In Europe
(Internet) -- Daily fantasy sports service provider Mondogoal has been acquired by Global Daily Fantasy Sports, Inc. in a purchase that includes all of Mondogoal's...

5/25/2017

article Fantasy Sports Tax Bills Move to New Jersey Senate
(New Jersey) -- Large-scale commercial fantasy sports activities and short-term accommodations booked with Airbnb Inc. and other online services would be taxed under...
article DraftKings to open Chicago office, it's first location outside the East Coast
(Chicago) -- Daily fantasy sports site DraftKings will open a new office in downtown Chicago. The company plans to staff the office with as many as 50 employees,...

5/24/2017

article Crackdown on fantasy sports: Financial failed opportunity for economic growth?
(Georgia) -- Since October of 2015, the U.S legislation surrounding daily fantasy sports (DFS) has started to tighten. While the establishment of UIGEA (Unlawful...
article Legal blow for DFS in California
(California) -- A district court in California dealt a blow to FanDuel, DraftKings and other DFS operators last week when it held that the payment of entry fees to enter...
article New Jersey to Enact Fantasy Sports Law?
(New Jersey) -- The New Jersey State Assembly has moved the State one step closer to enacting a fantasy sports law, passing a bill to impose regulations governing...
article Fantasy sports for cash may become regulated
(Ohio) -- A bill overwhelmingly approved Wednesday by the Ohio House of Representatives would put for-profit fantasy sports played by an estimated 1.9 million Ohioans...
article Ohio House passes bill ensuring legality of fantasy sports
(Ohio) -- Ohioans drafting Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler to lead their fantasy football teams can have their judgment questioned, but they wouldn’t...

5/23/2017

article Fantasy sports could soon be regulated, taxed in N.J.
(New Jersey) -- A bill that would regulate and tax daily fantasy sports in New Jersey is now just one hurdle away from landing on Gov. Chris Christie's desk. The...
article New Jersey Assembly votes to regulate daily fantasy sports
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey's Democrat-led Assembly has approved legislation to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports. The Assembly voted 56-15 Monday on a bill that...
article NJ passes daily fantasy sports bill
(New Jersey) -- The daily fantasy sports industry is getting ready to legally operate in the New Jersey market. Yesterday, the state’s Assembly passed the bill to...
article WALLACH: Entry Fee Or Wager: Why ‘Derby Wars’ Court Case Is Relevant To The Daily Fantasy Sports Wars
(USA) -- A case involving a small horse racing fantasy sports site could have an impact on much larger ones like DraftKings and FanDuel. Last week a court ruling came...

5/22/2017

article DFS moves ahead in New Jersey
(New Jersey) -- The New Jersey Assembly passed a bill that would legalize and regulate paid-entry fantasy sports — including DraftKings and FanDuel — in a...
article New Jersey to vote on bill to regulate daily fantasy sports
(New Jersey) -- Lawmakers in New Jersey are set to vote on legislation to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports. The Democrat-led Assembly is scheduled to vote Monday on...

5/20/2017

article Fantasy Sports Operators Eye Calif. Ruling on Horse Racing
(California) -- A federal judge’s ruling this week that the entry fees paid to play on the fantasy horse racing website Derby Wars are wagers—the first time...
article Daily Fantasy Sports’ Latest Legislative Defeat: Alabama Regulation Bill Comes Up Short
(Alabama) -- The tide never turned for a daily fantasy sports bill in Alabama. As a result, DraftKings, FanDuel and the rest of the paid-entry fantasy sports industry is...
article Guy in dress sucks at fantasy hockey
(Ontario) -- Casino security guard Brian Ducharme had to stand out on the corner of Second Line West and Great Northern Road wearing a dress on Saturday after he came in...

5/18/2017

article Horseracing-based Fantasy Sports Game Found Illegal
(California) -- In a follow up to a lawsuit we previously reported on, a California District Court ruled on summary judgment that a horseracing-based fantasy sports game...
article Our view: Fantasy sports sites aren't the next Golden Goose
(North Carolina) -- The fantasy sports business may be far smaller than it was just a few years ago, but it still makes real money, and that’s too tempting a...

5/17/2017

article Fantasy sports league controls defeated
(North Carolina) -- A proposal to regulate the increasingly popular fantasy sports leagues for the first time in North Carolina was defeated in a House committee on...
article Fantasy sports regulations in North Carolina turned back
(North Carolina) -- Some North Carolina legislators turned back efforts Wednesday to regulate the fast-growing yet uncertain fantasy sports industry, following arguments...
article BLOG: Vermont Passes Fantasy Sports Legislation
(Vermont) -- Vermont’s State Legislature has passed legislation that would expressly legalize and regulate fantasy sports contests and their operators within the...
article Ohio State Sen. Hite introduces legislation to regulate fantasy sports
(Ohio) -- State Sen. Cliff Hite, R-Findlay, introduced legislation Wednesday affirming the rights of fantasy sports enthusiasts in Ohio and implementing protections to...

5/16/2017

article Massachusetts refining fantasy sports rules
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts legislative panel is currently refining rules for fantasy sports. The rules impact companies such as Boston-based DraftKings and New...
article Our view: Fantasy sports sites aren't the next Golden Goose
(Massachusetts) -- The fantasy sports business may be far smaller than it was just a few years ago, but it still makes real money, and that’s too tempting a target...
article Daily fantasy sports state-by-state tracker
(USA) -- With lobbyists working in dozens of states, the efforts by leading daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators -- most notably DraftKings and FanDuel -- to clarify the...

5/15/2017

article Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Gains Victory After Setbacks In Texas, Florida
(USA) -- The daily fantasy sports industry got a legislative victory in Vermont after suffering setbacks in much larger and more important states recently. If a bill...
article Daily Fantasy Sports scores legislative win in Vermont
(Vermont) -- If a bill there becomes law, it will be the 12th state to pass legislation expressly legalizing DFS. It comes in the wake of an unofficial attorney general...
article Fantasy sports sites could face hefty fees
(Massachusetts) -- Online fantasy sports sites could be facing taxes and hefty fees to stay in the Massachusetts market. A legislative panel is weighing a litany of...
article Ohio lawmakers want to start regulating fantasy sports leagues
(Ohio) -- Ohio lawmakers want to start regulating fantasy sports leagues. With a goal of protecting consumers and introducing standards, new legislation would require...

5/14/2017

article Fantasy sports sites could face hefty fees
(Massachusetts) -- Online fantasy sports sites could be facing taxes and hefty fees to stay in the Massachusetts market. A legislative panel is weighing a litany of...

5/12/2017

article Fantasy Sports Industry Supports Ohio's Proposed Regulations
(Ohio) -- Ohio lawmakers are once again tackling the state’s rules on fantasy sports. But Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports the bill now has industry...
article Fantasy sports regulations move forward in Vt.
(Vermont) -- Regulations on fantasy sports are moving forward in the Vermont Statehouse. The House passed a measure that would charge companies that offer payouts for...
article The NCAA Has A Fantasy Sports Problem, Whether It Admits It Or Not
(USA) -- The NCAA is apparently is a lot like the NFL in trying to parse its stance on gambling. But it appears to have a real problem when it comes to its full-throated...

5/11/2017

article WNBA becomes first women’s pro league to offer daily fantasy sports
(New York) -- The WNBA is becoming the first women’s professional league to enter into the daily fantasy sports market. On Thursday, the league announced a...
article WNBA Joins Daily Fantasy Sports Market in Deal With FanDuel
(New York) -- The WNBA is entering the daily fantasy sports market. The league announced a partnership with FanDuel on Thursday — the first time a women's...
article Bill To Regulate Fantasy Sports Gets Industry Support
(Ohio) -- Ohio lawmakers are taking another swing at updating the state’s rules on fantasy sports. But this time the bill has support from the industry. The bill...

5/10/2017

article Paddy Power Betfair acquires DFS brand DRAFT
(New York) -- Paddy Power Betfair has expanded into the US daily fantasy sports market with the acquisition of early-stage operator DRAFT. The company has paid an...
article Paddy Power Betfair Pays $48 Million For Daily Fantasy Sports Co
(New York) -- A pending merger of FanDuel and DraftKings could considerably reshape the daily fantasy sports industry, providing the combined entity with an estimated 95...
article Resorts Casino to Test Legal Boundaries in New Jersey with New DFS Platform
(New Jersey) -- Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino plans to pioneer daily fantasy sports in New Jersey, thanks to a new partnership with B2B DFS supplier Sports AD.
article N.H. Lawmakers Hear Testimony on Bill to Regulate, Tax Fantasy Sports
(New Hampshire) -- Tuesday lawmakers heard testimony on a bill that would regulate and tax fantasy sports in New Hampshire. The bill would require fantasy sports...

5/9/2017

article Bill that would legalize Texas fantasy sports companies dies before getting into game
(Texas) -- A bill that would allow fantasy sports companies to operate in Texas has struck out. State Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo, conceded Tuesday that legislation...
article Paddy Power Betfair enters U.S fantasy sports market
(New York) -- Announces entry into daily fantasy sports market in United States with acquisition of an early-stage operator, DRAFT
article Sports Betting By Another Name? New Products Test The Limits Of Fantasy Sports
(Nevada) -- As was first reported by ESPN Chalk’s David Purdum, Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino is preparing to launch a new product that will test the...
article Women in Fantasy Sports: Stephania Bell
(USA) -- Stephania Bell, PT, OCS, CSCS, is a woman of many talents. But before 2007, being a fantasy sports commentator and injury analyst wasn’t one of them. In...

5/8/2017

article Dallas football star advocates for DFS legislation
(Texas) -- Tony Romo has announced his decision to retire from the NFL just a few months back and is now advocating for DFS legalisation in Texas.
article Sports Betting By Another Name? New Products Test The Limits Of Fantasy Sports
(New Jersey) -- Consider the envelope pushed. As was first reported by ESPN Chalk’s David Purdum, Atlantic City’s Resorts Casino is preparing to launch a new...
article Premier Punt merges DFS with sportsbook in new app
(UK) -- Scottish daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator Premier Punt has rolled out the first phase of its new product by combining fantasy sports and sportsbook betting in...

5/7/2017

article Game over: Push to legalize fantasy sports fails in Florida
(Florida) -- A last-minute push to clear up the murky legal status of fantasy sports in Florida failed in the waning moments of the legislative session. Late Friday, the...
article OP/ED: Another View: Opinion column misses mark on fantasy sports bill in Maine
(Maine) -- In his April 16 column (“Maine fantasy sports bill benefits big guys“), Jim Fossel makes incorrect assumptions about fantasy sports and erects...

5/5/2017

article Insight: Patchwork of Daily Fantasy Sports Regulations Will Increase Costs and Frustrations for Emerging Industry
(Arkansas) -- Arkansas has become the most recent state to enact legislation aimed at regulating the Daily Fantasy Sports marketplace. Daily Fantasy Sports, or more...
article Horse racing needs to lure fantasy sports audience, NBC's Eddie Olczyk says
(USA) -- Eddie Olczyk sees fantasy sports players squinting over stats like a tax attorney looking for loopholes and he wonders why they couldn't be poring over the...

5/4/2017

article Future of sports betting: fantasy sports
(USA) -- This NFL season, the evolution of American fantasy sports will be on display at a jazzed-up iGaming lounge, tucked inside a revered casino just off the Atlantic...
article Inside The Upheaval In Fantasy Sports [audio]
(USA) -- The passion of putting money up to see just how good of a general manager you could be of an MLB, NFL or NBA team has turned into a big industry.
article Failure of Florida bill quashes hopes for the legalisation of DFS
(Florida) -- Lawmakers in Florida recently announced that negotiations for a new gambling law in the state are “dead” for this legislative session, which...
article Florida revives push to legalize fantasy sports
(Florida) -- Florida legislators are reviving a push to clear up the murky legal status of fantasy sports in the state. The Florida Senate on Wednesday voted unanimously...
article Women in Fantasy Sports: Megan Van Petten
(USA) -- Megan Van Petten, Association Director at the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) and Owner of Van Petten Group, was introduced to sports at a young age.

5/3/2017

article Alabama fantasy sports legalization bill is popular and closer to becoming law
(Alabama) -- The Yellowhammer readers have spoken. In a poll asking “Should fantasy sports be legal in Alabama?” 93.7 percent of those participating answered...
article New bill could make fantasy sports games legal in AL again
(Alabama) -- If you were big into fantasy sports before they became illegal in Alabama, you may have a chance to do it all again. Senator Paul Sanford who's...
article DFS legalisation hopes fade with failure of Florida bill
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers have announced that negotiations for a new gambling law in the state are “dead” for this legislative session. Since it will...
article Fantasyland? Florida revives push to legalize fantasy sports
(Florida) -- Florida legislators are reviving a push to clear up the murky legal status of fantasy sports in the state. The Florida Senate on Wednesday voted unanimously...
article Florida Senate Advances New Fantasy Sports Bill, But Is Revived Effort What It Seems?
(Florida) -- Fantasy sports legalization had been tied to a larger gaming expansion bill in Florida. That bill, however, died earlier this week. That put DFS in a...

5/2/2017

article Bill to regulate fantasy sports considered by Alabama Senate committee
(Alabama) -- An Alabama Senate committee this afternoon will consider legislation to regulate fantasy sports. A bill by Rep. Alan Boothe, R-Troy, that passed the House...
article Florida Gambling Bill Dies, Likely Scuttling Chances Of Fantasy Sports Legalization
(Florida) -- It does not appear that DraftKings, FanDuel and the rest of the daily fantasy sports industry is going to gain legal clarity in Florida this legislative...

5/1/2017

article Why May Is A Big Month For DraftKings, FanDuel And The Fantasy Sports Industry
(USA) -- The most important times of year for the daily fantasy sports industry used to always revolve around the sports calendar. Now, the legislative calendar is just...

4/30/2017

article Five years later, DraftKings readies for its second act
(Massachusetts) -- In early 2012, after months of working part time on their idea for a startup company, Paul Liberman, Matt Kalish, and Jason Robins decided to get real...
article Fantasy sports may be regulated in Ohio
(Ohio) -- With more than 57 million players in the U.S. and Canada, the industry around fantasy sports betting is putting on a full court press to get Ohio and other...
article New high-tech firms flex political muscles in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- The high-tech whiz kids are starting to flex their political muscles on Beacon Hill, pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into lobbying aimed at...

4/27/2017

article Survey: Texas voters support regulated fantasy sports
(Texas) -- Nearly 70 percent of Texas voters are in favor of regulated online fantasy sports, according to survey released Thursday by the Texas Fantasy Sports Alliance.
article End Alabama’s nanny-state fantasy sports ban (opinion)
(Alabama) -- Last year marked one of the most raucous and wild political seasons in recent memory. The candidacy and now administration of Donald J. Trump gobbled up all...
article Sports betting and fantasy sports regulation advances in state House
(Pennsylvania) -- Proposals to legalize sports betting and regulate fantasy sports contests became the latest gambling expansion efforts to make inroads in the state...
article Play on? Florida legislators may approve fantasy sports
(Florida) -- Florida legislators may reach a deal this year on the murky legal status of fantasy sports in the state. House and Senate Republicans negotiating a...
article FanDuel launches Mixup, a more fun version of daily fantasy sports for casual fans
(USA) -- If you’re new to daily fantasy sports, playing (and winning) can be daunting — especially when you’re playing stat-heavy sports like baseball.
article Fantasy Sports Operator USFantasy Set To Debut App In Nevada
(Nevada) -- USFantasy Sports, a pari-mutuel style of daily fantasy sports, is set to release a mobile wagering app in Nevada after less than a year of operation.
article Mixing Things Up: FanDuel Launches Variation On Its Core Daily Fantasy Sports Contests
(USA) -- The daily fantasy sports industry has not had much interest or success in iterating the product away from the model that has worked for FanDuel and DraftKings.

4/25/2017

article COLUMN: Legislature should clarify position on fantasy sports
(Texas) -- On March 6, the seventh annual Wise County Hog Contest came to an end. After a month of hunting, 158 contestants eagerly awaited the final results to see how...
article The First Five Years Of DraftKings
(Massachusetts) -- In February 2012, a Boston-based company called DraftKings was getting ready to launch as a daily fantasy sports company. DraftKings was not the first...

4/24/2017

article Barbarisi: He Literally Wrote The Book About Daily Fantasy Sports
(USA) -- During the fall of 2015, the most aggressive blitz during NFL games took place off the field. Daily fantasy sites relentlessly blistered fans with commercials...

4/21/2017

article Alabama presses ahead in legalizing daily fantasy sports, but could constitutional problems loom?
(Alabama) -- The battle lines in the sports fantasy gaming debate were drawn and the sparring was under way: game of chance vs game of skill. Then the entirely...

4/20/2017

article Alabama may legalise DFS
(Alabama) -- Alabama could soon operate legal daily fantasy sports as State legislators decided to pass the bill. According to Biz Journals, the Alabama House of...

4/19/2017

article DFS companies keep leaving the US
(Massachusetts) -- Daily Fantasy Sports companies have been trying to legalise the modality in several states of the country in the last couple of years. Ever since the...
article Fantasy sports interests making late legislative push in Florida
(Florida) -- A fantasy sports advocacy group is emailing supporters, asking them to write to Florida lawmakers to “keep fantasy sports in the Sunshine State....
article House Votes to Allow Fantasy Sports Betting in Alabama
(Alabama) -- The state House of Representatives has voted to allow fantasy sports betting in Alabama. The bill passed 43-38 Tuesday after hours of debate about whether...

4/18/2017

article Daily Fantasy Sports Undergoes Major Consolidation
(Massachusetts) -- The daily fantasy sports industry was, just a year ago, deep in throes of a protracted legal battle with lobbying work in 45 states seeking to...
article Fantasy sports companies fold as legislative battle resumes
(Massachusetts) -- The daily fantasy sports industry sharply contracted since the online games offered by companies like FanDuel and DraftKings sparked court and...
article Iowa DFS bill under debate
(Iowa) -- Iowa’s intention to legalise the daily fantasy sport industry (DFS) may not succeed this time, according to Legal Sports Report. Regulation experts...
article New Hampshire may start taxing fantasy sports
(New Hampshire) -- As baseball season begins, New Hampshire may join a growing number of states that regulate and tax fantasy sports contests. An estimated 215,000...
article Alabama House votes to allow fantasy sports betting
(Alabama) -- The state House of Representatives has voted to allow fantasy sports betting in Alabama. The bill passed 43-38 Tuesday after hours of debate about whether...
article Roll Tide? Alabama House Passes Daily Fantasy Sports Bill In A Cliffhanger
(Alabama) -- Fantasy sports legislation in Alabama got through a nail-biter in the state legislature on Tuesday.

4/17/2017

article No Joy In Iowa For Daily Fantasy Sports, As Bill Is Not Likely To Pass
(Iowa) -- It looked like the daily fantasy sports industry was headed for victory in Iowa at one point. But one of the five states where DFS has always been considered...
article Nevada Governor: ‘Never Had A Conversation About Daily Fantasy Sports’ With Cowboys Owner Jones
(Nevada) -- ESPN’s Outside The Lines reported that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones lobbied on behalf of legalization of daily fantasy sports in Nevada. A day...

4/16/2017

article Fossel: Fantasy sports giants push for uneven playing field in Maine
(Maine) -- A gigantic industry dominated by large, out-of-state companies that contribute little to Maine’s economy is trying to write the rules that regulate it,...

4/12/2017

article Key Massachusetts Official Fears Online Gambling Would Cut Into Potential Online Lottery Sales
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts‘ quest to join the states with legal online gambling has seen progress this year. However, it was doused with a bucket of cold...
article Illinois General Assembly to Consider New DFS Bill
(Illinois) -- The state of Illinois could expand its gambling industry by adding online daily fantasy sports (DFS) following the introduction of a new bill focused on...

4/7/2017

article Here’s what you need to know before playing daily fantasy sports
(Georgia) -- Georgia lawmakers this year shelved a bill that would have legalized online daily fantasy sports by declaring them games of skill, not chance. But if daily...
article New Jersey Fantasy Sports Regulations Coming Soon?
(New Jersey) -- The New Jersey Assembly’s Appropriations Committee has passed a bill aimed at establishing fantasy sports regulations to govern fantasy sports...

4/5/2017

article North Carolina lawmakers introduce bill to regulate fantasy sports teams
(North Carolina) -- A new bill circulating the legislature could put the North Carolina Secretary of State’s Office in charge of regulating fantasy sports...
article Debate arises on potential daily fantasy sports revenue for NJ
(New Jersey) -- A new law legalizing daily fantasy sports in New Jersey would bring in about $1.5 million per year – or is it $6.6 million? The former number stems...

4/4/2017

article Lawmakers hear bill legalizing daily fantasy sports in Texas
(Texas) -- A bill exempting paid online fantasy sports sites from Texas anti-gambling laws has begun a potentially contentious journey through the Legislature.
article NJ Hopes to Hit Budget Home Run with Daily Fantasy Sports Games
(New Jersey) -- With a new baseball season underway, thousands of New Jersey residents have resumed participating in daily fantasy sports games that can generate...
article Lawmakers look to give fantasy sports operators a tax cut
(Missouri) -- A proposal to lower taxes on fantasy sports companies is advancing in the Missouri Legislature. But, the plan is drawing fire from some lawmakers who say...
article Lawmakers look at tax on fantasy sports leagues
(Maine) -- State lawmakers are looking a tax on fantasy sports leagues as a potential source of revenue. The Sun Journal reports that a proposal this week would require...
article Maine may tax, regulate fantasy sports leagues
(Maine) -- As the Major League Baseball season gets underway, legislators are looking to regulate — and tax — the fantasy sports leagues that have sprung up...
article Online Sales, Uber, Fantasy Sports Taxes Fail in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Online sales tax legislation failed to win final support in the Georgia Legislature before the 2017 session ended in the early morning hours March 31, with...
article The Sixers – and their 20-year-old math whiz – want to help you win at daily fantasy sports
(Philadelphia) -- Monday is Opening Day, arguably the biggest day on baseball's calendar, when the vast majority of MLB teams are still trying to convince themselves...

4/3/2017

article Arkansas closing in on DFS legalisation
(Arkansas) -- Daily Fantasy Sports regulation seems to be moving forward as HB2250 was approved by the Arkansas Senate last week. The upper house favored the...

3/31/2017

article Fight over online fantasy sports ramps up in Texas, lands before Legislature
(Texas) -- Heads up, fantasy sports fans: Texas lawmakers are looking your way. Between debates over everything from the state budget to sanctuary cities, state...

3/30/2017

article Proposed law would make fantasy sports a reality in Ohio
(Ohio) -- Two state lawmakers want to make fantasy sports a legal reality in Ohio. Reps. Jonathan Dever, R-Madeira, and Robert McColley, R-Napoleon, sponsors of House...
article Fantasy Sports Bills Advance in Four States
(USA) -- The move toward legal daily fantasy sports continues unabated across the nation. New Jersey’s state Assembly Appropriations Committee has approved a DFS...

3/29/2017

article Game on? New push to legalize fantasy sports in Florida
(Florida) -- Florida legislators are making another push this year to legalize fantasy sports. A House panel on Tuesday approved a bill that says betting on fantasy...

3/28/2017

article Game on? New push to legalize fantasy sports in Florida
(Florida) -- Florida legislators are making another push this year to legalize fantasy sports. A House panel on Tuesday approved a bill that says betting on fantasy...

3/27/2017

article DraftKings continues expansion with Germany launch
(Germany) -- Daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator DraftKings has completed the latest stage of its ongoing expansion strategy by launching in Germany. Earlier this year,...
article For DraftKings And FanDuel, Focus Is On States Where Daily Fantasy Sports Is Illegal, Or Might Be
(USA) -- Last year, the daily fantasy sports industry was all about racking up wins anywhere it could on the legislative front. That approach from industry leaders...
article State House approves fantasy sports bill
(Arkansas) -- A bill that would allow fantasy sports companies to operate in the state of Arkansas was approved Monday in the state House of Representatives. The House...
article China’s Ourgame eyes expansion into social casino games, eSports
(China) -- Chinese online games operator Ourgame International Holdings is looking to step up its expansion into the US$4.5 billion social casino gaming market in the...

3/24/2017

article Fantasy sports wagering advances in Iowa House
(Iowa) -- It’s unlikely fantasy sports betting will be legal in Iowa before this year’s NCAA men’s basketball championship, but an Iowa lawmaker is...

3/23/2017

article DFS Legalization Bills Introduced in Pennsylvania, Ohio
(USA) -- Online gambling legislation tends to be cyclical. For a while, lawmakers make a push and when positive results fail to materialize (which they often do),...

3/22/2017

article Why the island of Malta is important for DraftKings
(Malta) -- Daily fantasy sports company DraftKings will launch in Germany this week, Yahoo Finance has learned. The company will open up a beta version of its platform,...
article Gambling or skill? Alabama lawmakers ponder whether to turn fantasy sports into a reality
(Alabama) -- Is fantasy sports gaming a battle of wits and smarts that's worthy of free-market protection? Or is it just dolled-up digital gambling that deserves...

3/21/2017

article GA Fantasy sports bill gets Glavine pitch
(Georgia) -- Georgia lawmakers are poised to pass a bill to legalize and regulate fantasy sports. The effort got a boost Tuesday from Tom Glavine, the former Atlanta...
article Tom Glavine plays pitchman for fantasy sports bill in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Glavine waded into a contentious debate at the Georgia statehouse on Tuesday as he struck out in support of a...
article Mississippi Enacts Fantasy Sports Legislation
(Mississippi) -- Mississippi became the first state to enact fantasy sports legislation in 2017 when Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 967 into law last week. The law is...
article State Rep. Seeks to Make Fantasy Sports Betting Legal in AR
(Arkansas) -- One State Representative is seeking to make betting on fantasy sports legal in Arkansas. DraftKings is a popular game for many Arkansans during football...
article Fantasy sports bill advances in Assembly
(New Jersey) -- A plan to regulate daily fantasy-sports operators like Draft King and FanDuel in New Jersey moved a step closer to reality Monday. The Assembly...

3/20/2017

article Daily Fantasy Sports gambling prevalent for students at Savannah State University
(Georgia) -- Walking into the room of Nick Jones, a 23-year-old senior homeland security major at Savannah State University, a visitor would see fast food containers...
article DraftKings, FanDuel, daily fantasy sports ready for second boom period
(USA) -- The daily fantasy sports industry in the United States is prepared to take a second step forward after taking a giant step backwards a year and a half ago. Just...
article Daily fantasy sports bill advances in NJ
(New Jersey) -- A bill to clarify the legality of fantasy sports games in New Jersey was released Monday by the Assembly Appropriations Committee in Trenton. New Jersey...
article Can online fantasy sports rekindle interest in basketball? This Filipino startup founder thinks so
(Philippines) -- My very first memory of a basketball game was when I was three years old. I sat quietly on the couch next to my papa who seemed hypnotised by the match...

3/17/2017

article Two Important States For Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Have New Bills
(USA) -- Two of the bigger states for the daily fantasy sports industry saw new bills come to light this week: Ohio and Pennsylvania. While DFS legality has never been a...

3/16/2017

article Republican lawmaker looks to regulate fantasy sports in NC
(North Carolina) -- The popularity of fantasy sports continues to grow across the U.S. At least eight states have passed laws regulating the industry and soon North...
article WEXLER: Fantasy sports could be winner in Ga.
(Georgia) -- There’s current legislation in Georgia that would authorize and regulate fantasy sports, games that require players to use research and skill to put...
article Fantasy sports bill signed into law
(Mississippi) -- Legislation regulating and taxing fantasy sports operators doing business in the state has been signed into law by Gov. Phil Bryant with some hoping it...
article Mississippi Governor Signs DFS Law Into Effect
(Mississippi) -- Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed the state’s new daily fantasy sports bill into law on March 13. The new law outlines multiple consumer...
article Could March Madness brackets become a taxable fantasy sport bet in Pennsylvania?
(Pennsylvania) -- Shhhh! Don't tell the Legislature about the office's March Madness bracket pool. Lawmakers might be tempted to tax your winnings. A bill to...

3/14/2017

article Texas Sen. Looks To Legalize, Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports
(Texas) -- A new bill introduced in Texas’ Senate on Friday would legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports, possibly paving the way for a resolution to a...
article DFS takes effect in Mississippi
(Mississippi) -- Mississippi has officially incorporated daily fantasy sports (DFS) tournaments to its legal framework, after some temporary provision that began in 2016...
article N.C. legislators begin to address issue of Daily Fantasy Sports
(North Carolina) -- North Carolina legislators have begun to address the issue of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). House Bill 279, filed last week, would require registration...

3/13/2017

article Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant Signs New Fantasy Sports Law Into Effect
(Mississippi) -- Mississippi officially has a new fantasy sports law on the books. Gov. Phil Bryant made his state the first to pass such a law in 2017; eight states...
article NY Daily Fantasy Sports Revenue Stats Strengthen Argument For Regulation… Of Online Gambling
(New York) -- A recent report from New York gaming regulators reveals that the daily fantasy sports industry isn’t exactly a cash cow, especially compared to...

3/12/2017

article DraftKings Raises $100 Million in Funding, while Minnesota Tackles DFS Regulation
(California) -- DraftKings has raised $100 million in a new round of funding, led by Eldridge Industries, the company owned by Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Todd Boehly...

3/11/2017

article Fantasy sports, foster care among last-minute bills in Texas
(Texas) -- Texas lawmakers have filed hundreds of last-minute bills in their final chance to propose new laws for 2017. Friday was the last day to file bills in the...
article Perfect timing makes Dan Barbarisi’s "Dueling with Kings" a captivating ride
(Rhode Island) -- The challenge with writing a sports book is the timing of it all — to investigate a story before it's worth investigating and to know the...
article State seeks to regulate fantasy sports operators
(North Carolina) -- The boom in fantasy sports shows no signs of abating, so North Carolina lawmakers want to put some regulations on the books to ensure consumers are...
article Oulala Joins DraftKings With Fantasy Sports License From Malta
(Malta) -- The Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) issued a controlled skill games (CSG) license to fantasy sports platform provider Oulala. The new license category launched...

3/10/2017

article DraftKings closes $100m funding round
(Massachusetts) -- Daily fantasy sports (DFS) operator DraftKings has closed an investment round worth more than $100 million (€94.3 million), according to...
article DraftKings Closes New Investment Round, Reportedly In Excess Of $100 Million
(Massachusetts) -- Daily fantasy sports site DraftKings confirmed that it closed a new investment round, reportedly raising more than $100 million, according to...
article Texas Senator Takes Aim At Legalizing Daily Fantasy Sports
(Texas) -- The daily fantasy sports industry is continuing to take its best shot at gaining legal clarity in Texas, as a state senator introduced a new bill.
article Fantasy sports operators could be regulated in North Carolina
(North Carolina) -- A newly filed House bill in North Carolina aims to regulate the fantasy sports business in the state. House Bill 279 would require fantasy sports...
article Minnesota legislators consider regulating daily fantasy sports playing
(Minnesota) -- Thousands of Minnesotans play daily fantasy sports, but it is not clear whether the activity is legal. Bills in the Minnesota Legislature would list them...
article Betting pioneer envisions nationwide legal fantasy sports
(Las Vegas) -- It was a glorious time. Wiseguys were everywhere. There was One Eye Scotty and Dick The Pick. Then there was Jerry The Hat and Bobby The Owl, who used to...

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