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California emerged as one of the “hot spots” for daily fantasy sports, although things cooled off considerably more recently.
This week's recap of sports betting news includes Michigan becoming the 20th state with legal sportsbooks and big numbers in Pennsylvania.
A representative of California cardrooms alleges that a sports betting initiative filed by Indian tribes has a hidden agenda to put competitors out of business.
Last week included news that another state could legalize sports betting before the end of the year, new bills with familiar foes and a shakeup...
California lawmakers plan to continue their effort to put a sports betting initiative on the ballot despite tribes opting to file their own amendment.
Although not involved in its drafting, the California horse racing industry supports a ballot initiative from Indian tribes to legalize sports betting.
Like most states in the US, DFS operators have taken customers in the state throughout the industry’s short history (since the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed in 2006 with a carveout for fantasy sports).
Since then, there has been a lot of chatter. Here’s a brief timeline of what has happened in the state:
The regulatory measure in California is AB 1437 — full text and bill tracking here. It is called the “Internet Fantasy Sports Games Consumer Protection Act.”
The bill sets up a regulatory framework overseeing DFS. Here is a look at some of the provisions of the bill:
Pretty much anyone who wants to run a DFS site in California is eligible to do so. That would mean that all existing gaming interests in the state — tribal casinos, tracks and cardrooms — could offer DFS or partner with an existing operator.
Operators must pay the licensing fee — which is to be determined. The Department of Justice will be charged with creating regulations about who is suitable for licensure.
The bill is not being considered in 2017.