Daily Fantasy Sports Weekly Wrap: PA’s DFS Report; What’s Next In Illinois?

Posted on May 22, 2016

Here’s a quick look back at what happened this past week, and what to watch for in the coming week in the world of the daily fantasy sports industry:

What happened this week in DFS

Pennsylvania’s DFS report: The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board issued its report that had been mandated by the legislature. The result? Likely not great news for current DFS operators.

The report suggests that sites partner with current gaming license holders, although tax rates and licensing fees were not suggested. Get a summary of the report here, or read the whole thing — all 108 pages — here.

Also, look for DFS to be tied to a larger gambling bill that covers online gambling and other gaming expansions.

Back in Mississippi?: Fantasy sports are working on getting back into Mississippi. A form is now up on the Mississippi Gaming Commission website, and sites are now registering with the state, according to the Sun Herald.

Mississippi’s new DFS law, of course, was a major win for the industry, reversing a negative attorney general opinion that forced operators to leave.

What to watch for in DFS

Illinois progress: Wranglings in the legislature were apparent early last week, and that led to a DFS regulatory bill making it out of the Senate in a close vote.

Someone tried to stop the bill from moving to the House via a procedural maneuver, but sources indicated to Legal Sports Report that this should only serve to slow down the bill, not stop it completely.

Still, time is short to get the bill to the governor’s desk — the legislature adjourns May 31.

New York, maybe?: Signs early last week pointed to a new DFS bill surfacing in New York. That included from Rep. Gary Pretlow himself, who had been telling constituents that his much-awaited bill was on the way.

The latest? The bill could show up next week, with a hearing on June 1 or 2, according to the Buffalo News.

Like Illinois, time is winding down for the legislature, which closes up shop on June 16.

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