Roll Tide? Alabama House Passes Daily Fantasy Sports Bill In A Cliffhanger

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Fantasy sports legislation in Alabama got through a nail-biter in the state legislature on Tuesday.

Alabama and DFS

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.

The Alabama House takes action

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:

The Senate is up next

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.