With the recent emergence of legalized sports betting, daily fantasy sports almost seems like a thing of the past. However, some states are so far behind in the game that daily fantasy sports still aren’t legal in their states. A few states had some recent legal news related to daily fantasy sports.
About three years ago, daily fantasy sports was already in Alabama, and everything seemed fine. Then, the Alabama attorney general put a stop to that. Luther Strange claimed that daily fantasy sports constituted illegal gambling and announced a cease-and-desist letter to DraftKings and FanDuel.
Fast forward to today, and Alabama is back in the game. Governor Kay Ivey signed the bill into law to bring daily fantasy sports back to the Yellowhammer State. There is no timetable for when DraftKings, FanDuel or any other DFS site will make its way back to the state.
A spokesperson for FanDuel offered a statement on the state’s new law.
“We are excited to bring FanDuel Daily Fantasy Sports to the great people of Alabama. We would like to thank Rep. Kyle South, who fought tirelessly to bring fantasy sports back to Alabama. We also are grateful for the support from Speaker McCutcheon, Sen. Del Marsh, and Sen. Tom Whatley. We are working hard to bring our fantasy sports products to Alabama residents, and we will have more details very soon.”
The state of North Carolina has decided not to legalize daily fantasy sports, at least not yet. Lawmakers in the state’s House Judiciary Committee voted down House Bill 929. The bill would have been a big revenue boost to the state.
The bill would have defined daily fantasy sports as non-gambling. Under the bill, the state Lottery Commission would have joined the state Gaming Commission and would have established regulations for DFS and collected revenue on it.
The reason for its denial wasn’t to prevent daily fantasy sports from being operational in the state. DFS is already in North Carolina, but it isn’t regulated. HB 929 would have regulated the industry in the state.
However, due to the way it was worded, it was shot down. Another DFS bill is all but a guaranteed, and it is just a matter of time before the state officially legalizes it.
Louisiana attempted to legalize sports betting by sneaking it into HB 459, but the bill was shot down earlier this week. HB 600 is the bill in Louisiana related to DFS. The bill would tax daily fantasy sports and would allow for the Louisiana Gaming Control Board to issues licenses to operators like FanDuel and DraftKings.
After the Senate modified the bill, the tax rate is now 15 percent as opposed to the 10 percent set forth by the House. Annual licensing fees also increased from $10,000 to $15,000.
Back in November of 2018, 47 of the state’s 67 parishes voted to approve fantasy sports contests. Thursday night is the last chance for state lawmakers to pass a bill.
Still No DFS
Six states are currently without any form of DFS: