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Impact of NFL’s new injury rules is ‘questionable’

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The National Football League has made things interesting for bookmakers and fantasy football players. Earlier this week, the league revised the manner in which teams report their injuries. For years, injury reports have listed players as “probable,” “questionable,” “doubtful,” and “out.” Beginning this season, the “probable” designation will go away. Why the change? The NFL concluded “95 percent of the players who were listed as ‘probable’ in prior years actually did in fact play in the game.” New England Patriots’…

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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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New poll shows strong support in Tampa Bay for daily fantasy sports

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Daily fantasy sports are not the same as traditional gambling, and should be allowed to continue, according to a new survey of Tampa Bay residents. Conducted last week by the Tampa Bay Times, the poll found strong support in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties for DFS websites like FanDuel and DraftKings. A majority of respondents said they are not the same as casino gambling and should be allowed to continue operating. Of 605 registered voters polled, reporter William Levesque writes…

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell opposes fantasy leagues

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gave a thumb’s up to fantasy football on Sunday. But not the daily leagues run by FanDuel and Draft Kings. Speaking at a fan forum in Minneapolis, Goodell made a distinction between the two, calling season-long leagues “an opportunity to enjoy the game.” “Many people probably play here in this room,” Goodell said. “It’s for fun. It’s not about making money. It’s an opportunity to enjoy the game, and we encourage our kids to do it.…

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