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New York Legalizes Fantasy Sports by Professor I. Nelson Rose

© Copyright 2016, all rights reserved worldwide.  Gambling and the Law® is a registered trademark of Professor I. Nelson Rose, www.GamblingAndTheLaw.com.  Published in Gaming Law Review and Economics, Vol. 20, No. 6 at pp.  (July 2016).

         

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New York Legalizes Fantasy Sports

          On August 4, 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill legalizing daily fantasy sports (“DFS”) in the state of New York.  Senate Bill 8153 was the result of massive lobbying by FanDuel and Draft Kings.  But some small amount of the credit has to go to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

          Christie, as you may remember, completely killed any discussion of DFS in presidential politics with one comment during the October 28, 2015, Republican Primary Debates.  Christie did not win the GOP nomination; nor will he ever be president.  But he did switch the debate over DFS away from what actions should be taken by the federal government back to discussions among state legislators, where it belongs.

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