Le­gal ques­tions arise for fan­tasy day game biz

The Covington News - - WORLD -

Some of the new­est in­car­na­tions of fan­tasy foot­ball look a lot more like gam­bling than in­tri­cate, out­smart-your-op­po­nent strat­egy games.

Since 2011, the bil­lion-dol­lar fan­tasy mar­ket has been in­fused with dozens of daily and weekly games. Those games al­low play­ers to win huge prizes quickly, some­times in one week, some­times in just one night. With play­ers bet­ting thou­sands or even tens of thou­sands a night, le­gal ex­perts be­lieve it’s time to re­view the sec­tion of the 2006 fed­eral law that was writ­ten specif­i­cally to pro­tect fan­tasy sports from be­ing banned the way on­line poker was.

“There’s im­por­tance in clar­i­fy­ing the law,” says Marc Edel­man, a pro­fes­sor at Ford­ham Law School who stud­ies the law as it ap­plies to fan­tasy sports. “As long as there’s un­cer­tainty about the le­gal­ity of th­ese games, some po­ten­tial busi­nesses that might en­ter the mar­ket­place stay out.”

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