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Jason Brodeur files ‘fantasy sports’ bill for 2018

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Rep. Jason Brodeur has again filed legislation to exempt fantasy sports play from state gambling regulation.

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Fantasy sports companies fold as legislative battle resumes

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The daily fantasy sports industry sharply contracted since the online games offered by companies like FanDuel and DraftKings sparked court and legislative battles across the United States last year. More than two-thirds of companies that existed this time last year have shuttered, changed focus or joined with competitors, according to the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, the industry’s lobbying arm. Among the most prominent examples is the proposed merger between the industry’s two largest companies — Boston’s DraftKings and New York’s…

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FanDuel calls on Florida fans to support fantasy sports

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FanDuel, the national fantasy sports website, has sent a “call to action” email to its Florida users, asking them to contact lawmakers in support of their hobby. “With the Big Game just around the corner, we have an important message to share with every Florida fantasy sports player,” the email says. “A new bill has been introduced that would update Florida’s laws to recognize what we all know to be true—that fantasy sports are games of skill and should be…

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Fantasy sports bill filed again in Legislature

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A bill to exempt fantasy sports play from state gambling regulation has again been filed in the Florida Legislature. State Rep. Jason Brodeur, a Sanford Republican, filed a measure (HB 149) on Wednesday. The bill would clarify that fantasy contests “reflect the relative knowledge and skill of the participants” and are not games of chance – and thus potentially illegal gambling. The legislation specifically includes games based on “athletes in the case of sports events.” It doesn’t yet have a…

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Ballard Partners will continue repping daily fantasy sports sites

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Ballard Partners will continue its representation of daily fantasy sports (DFS) companies into 2017, according to lobbying registration records reviewed Monday. Brian Ballard and the lobbyists who work for him, including former state Rep. Chris Dorworth, have begun registering their representation for the 2017 Legislative Session, some effective as early as this week. Chief among those interests are DraftKings and FanDuel, the DFS giants who announced their merger in November. It still requires federal approval. In the online games, players pick…

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Daily fantasy sports sites agree to stop taking bets in New York

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The nation’s two largest daily fantasy sports websites have agreed to stop taking bets in New York, potentially through most of the professional baseball season, as lawmakers consider legalizing the popular online contests, the state attorney general announced Monday. The deal struck between Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and the companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, essentially takes the dispute out of the courts and into the capitol, where lawmakers indicate legislation regulating the industry could pass by mid-May. Schneiderman’s claims against the…

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Virginia is 1st state to legalize, regulate fantasy sports

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Virginia has become the first state with a law regulating the fast-growing but embattled online fantasy sports industry and specifying that fantasy sports betting is not “illegal gambling.” Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed a bill Monday that formally legalizes and regulates sites such as FanDuel and DraftKings, requiring them to pay a $50,000 initial registration fee and submit to regular outside audits. The law will take effect July 1. McAuliffe said in a written statement it will “empower Virginia to…

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