There's been no shortage of state legislative activity pertaining to Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS). In 2016 so far, DFS legislation has been introduced in 34 states. While many of those bills are no longer active due to missed legislative deadlines or sessions ending, there is still plenty of ongoing activity to follow.
Since our last update, two states have passed laws or released regulations prohibiting DFS betting on student sports. Indiana SB 339 was signed into law by Governor Pence on March 24th. The legislation states that DFS betting cannot be “based on college or high school sports.” Similarly, the Massachusetts Attorney General released final regulation “940 C.M.R. 34.00: Daily Fantasy Sports Contest Operators in Massachusetts,” which includes a provision titled “No DFS Games Based on Amateur Sporting Events” and dictates that DFS operators “shall not permit entry in DFS contests that include amateur, college, high school or student sporting events.”
Currently, DFS legislation is active in 24 states, four of which have bills that include language that would carve out student sports from any DFS betting. These states are shown on the map below. Bill numbers for those states with active legislation containing a carve out are included below the map.
Active Bills Containing Student Sports Carve Out (click bill number for link to bill):
About SPAN: The focus of the Student Sports Protection Alliance (SPAN) is to protect college, high school, and youth athletes and the integrity of the sports they play. SPAN will continue to monitor the progress of Daily Fantasy Sports legislation and regulation, and will seek to include a student sports carve out in all cases where DFS gaming is permitted.