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Regulate Fantasy Contests

Concerning the regulation of fantasy contests, and in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2016 Regular Session
Financial Services & Commerce
Bill Summary

The act defines a 'fantasy contest' as a game or contest in which:
  • The value of all prizes offered to winning participants is made known to the participants in advance of the contest; and
  • Winning outcomes:
  • Reflect the relative knowledge and skill of the participants;
  • Are determined predominantly by accumulated statistical results of the performance of athletes in fully completed sporting events; and
  • Are not based on randomized or historical events or on the score, point spread, or any performance of any single actual sports team or combination of such teams or solely on any single performance of an individual athlete in any single actual sporting event.

University, college, high school, and youth sporting events are excluded from fantasy contests.

Effective July 1, 2017, a person must be licensed by the director of the division of professions and occupations in the department of regulatory agencies to be able to offer to conduct a fantasy contest; except that an operator with no more than 7,500 players need only be registered with the director. Fantasy contests may be conducted by a fantasy contest operator at licensed gaming establishments, class B horse racing tracks, and at a licensed facility at which pari-mutuel wagering may occur.

A fantasy contest operator must:

  • Submit to a fingerprint-based criminal history record check in connection with initial licensure;
  • Not use a device that replicates or qualifies as limited gaming;
  • If the operator is licensed, contract with a third party to annually perform an independent audit to ensure compliance and submit the results of the audit to the director; and
  • Keep daily records of its operations and maintain the records for at least 3 years.

A fantasy contest operator who violates the act is subject to a civil penalty of not more than $1,000 for each violation. The director may discipline operators for violation of the act, including issuance of a cease-and-desist order.

The regulation of fantasy contests is subject to periodic review by the department of regulatory agencies under the sunset law, with the first sunset review scheduled for 2020.

$77,546 and 0.9 FTE is appropriated to the division from the division of professions and occupations cash fund to implement the act, of which amount $9,501 is reappropriated to the department of law and $527 is reappropriated to the department of public safety for implementation of the act.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)


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Bill Text

The effective date for bills enacted without a safety clause is August 7, 2024, if the General Assembly adjourns sine die on May 8, 2024, unless otherwise specified. Details