Others States’ Ban on Daily Fantasy Sports Could Bolters PA Bill

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — (Associated Press) - A bill that would confine daily fantasy sports betting in Pennsylvania to contests operated by the state's 12 licensed casinos could gain favor in light of more stringent action in other states, the sponsor said Wednesday.

Rep. George Dunbar commented on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's order Tuesday directing the major companies, New York-based FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings, to stop accepting bets in the state because they amount to illegal gambling.

Last month, Nevada regulators ordered both sites to shut down because they lacked gambling licenses and several other states, including Pennsylvania, are considering imposing their own rules.

"As dominoes continue to fall, my approach may be more palatable to the (daily fantasy sports) industry now," said Dunbar, R-Westmoreland. "We will have to wait and see how this plays out.

"My plan, since Pennsylvania is a gaming state, is to ensure consumer protection while allowing the industry to continue to operate, he said.

FanDuel and DraftKings contend their daily contests are legal because they are based on skill, not chance, but Schneiderman concluded the opposite.

Dunbar's bill is pending in the state House Gaming Oversight Committee.

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