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Congress To Hold Hearing On Daily Fantasy Sports

Discussion To Also Address Possibility Of Sports Betting Legislation


A Congressional subcommittee is planning to hold a hearing on daily fantasy sports sites on May 11, according to reporting from Legal Sports Report.

Assuming nothing sidetracks it, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade will host the public discussion on the industry that is being looked at by many states across the country. Though a few states have passed DFS legislation and many more could do so, there is no DFS-related legislation currently on the table at the federal level.

DFS, a form of online gaming, is currently OK under federal law thanks to an exemption that wasn’t extended to online poker, but that hasn’t stopped some Congressional lawmakers from taking a closer look the contests.

This month, Tennessee became the 13th state in the country to say DFS sites run afoul of respective state law. Though, there is a bill on the table there that would change that.

In November, fantasy sports came up in the third GOP presidential debate, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie defending the games, but saying that the government shouldn’t be involved. Christie is pushing for the federal government to let his state have sports books, with the efforts focused on overturning the 1992 Professional and Amatuer Sports Protection Act.

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, asked for the DFS hearing back in September. Pallone has been using DFS to further the push for federal sports betting legislation, which would allow Atlantic City to get the much-needed sports books.

The momentum has been building for reform to the law of the land regarding sports betting. American Gaming Association CEO Geoff Freeman was quoted last week saying that the next U.S. President will have sports betting legislation “on their desk.”