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The state House passed a bill that would legalize and regulate paid-entry fantasy sports in the state. That includes daily fantasy sports sites like DraftKings and FanDuel. The bill has not yet been to the Senate.
Alabama is one of a variety of states that DFS operators do not serve, because of a negative legal climate. The state attorney general told DraftKings and FanDuel to cease operations there last year, and they obliged.
An effort to legalize DFS failed in 2016.
It was a wild day for the DFS bill. In the end, however, state representatives approved the bill, 43-38. But before it did, here’s what went down:
Alabama’s DFS bill heads to the Senate next, where its prospects are not known.
Given the close vote in the House, expect more debate and nail-biting from the DFS industry lobby pushing the bill. But DraftKings, FanDuel and other DFS operators are one step closer to turning around a state that they don’t currently serve.