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New fantasy sports bill would create “Office of Amusement”

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State Sen. Joe Negron has filed a new version of his bill to legalize and regulate fantasy sports play in Florida, including a provision to create a new “Office of Amusements.” Negron, a Stuart Republican and Senate President-designate, filed the new “Fantasy Contest Amusement Act” (SB 832) on Tuesday. It grew from four to 12 pages. It’s slated to first be heard in the Senate by the Regulated Industries Committee on Wednesday. Its House companion (HB 707) will also be heard…

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5 questions for Fantasy Sports Trade Association after DFS bill first committee stop

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One of the hottest issues facing lawmakers in the 2016 Legislative Session is the regulation of the daily fantasy sports industry. Moving toward that goal is HB 707: Fantasy Contests, sponsored by state Rep. Matt Gaetz, has recently move out the Business & Professions Subcommittee, its first stop in the Florida House. What the bill seeks to do is create a series of consumer protections and oversight for DFS operators. Highlights of the proposal include: fantasy sports operator employees and…

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Scott Plakon: Fantasy sports play legal “under current law”

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One of the Legislature’s most stalwart opponents to gambling and its expansion in the Sunshine State nonetheless voted for a House bill that would explicitly legalize fantasy sports play in Florida. State Rep. Scott Plakon, a Longwood Republican, sits on the House Business and Professions Subcommittee that OK’d the bill (HB 707) by a 10-3 vote earlier this week. Does that mean Plakon, who led the drive to shut down Internet gambling cafes in 2013, thinks online fantasy sports is not gambling? He…

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Fantasy sports bill clears House committee

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A House bill that would explicitly legalize fantasy sports play in Florida cleared its first committee on Tuesday. The House Business and Professions Subcommittee OK’d the bill (HB 707) by a 10-3 vote. Florida is among many states struggling with whether to regulate fantasy sports, and if so, how. Current Florida legislation would require fantasy operators to register with the state and pay licensing fees, as well as verify that players aren’t minors. It’s a multibillion-dollar business, attracting nearly 57 million people a year…

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver suggests regulations on daily fantasy operators

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Daily fantasy operators, despite several outside investigations, continue to face serious questions about legality of industry trade practices under federal and state gambling laws. Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada of ESPN are reporting that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has called for federal regulation of fantasy operators, even though he insists the league will continue its relationship with FanDuel – one of the organizations under scrutiny. Silver’s remarks, made on ESPN’s Outside the Lines, is the first from a major sports…

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Investigation finds DraftKings employee did not have data before setting winning lineup

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A DraftKings employee who inadvertently published internal data before winning $350,000 on another fantasy draft website did not access information before setting his lineup, according to a recently concluded investigation by the Greenberg Traurig law firm. On Monday, ESPN reported that DraftKings content manager Ethan Haskell did not have the internal data until after locking up his lineup. Attorney John Pappalardo led the two-week outside investigation. Haskell had accidentally released the information on Sept. 27, after the early NFL kickoffs…

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