DraftKings responds to Massachusetts DFS proposals

DraftKings responds to Massachusetts DFS proposals

Friday, November 20, 2015 Totally Gaming
AG Maura Healey would prevent under 21s and pro athletes from competing in daily fantasy contests

DraftKings has welcomed plans to regulate daily fantasy sports (DFS) in Massachusetts, despite a potential ban of players under the age of 21.

Maura Healey, the US state’s Attorney General, was due to file the regulations today after months of review. Last week, her New York counterpart, Eric Schneiderman attempted to ban DraftKings – based in Massachusetts  - and rival FanDuel, claiming that DFS should be considered gambling.

While Healey has previously indicated she believes fantasy sports to be gambling, she wants to create consumer protection safeguards rather than ban the industry. These would include a ban on participation for those under 21, pro athletes and DFS sector employees, as well as a $1,000 monthly cap on individual losses, tiered contests and prohibition of games relating to college sports.

“The Massachusetts Attorney General has taken a thoughtful and comprehensive approach to the Fantasy Sports Industry,” said a DraftKings spokesperson. “While we do have some concerns with the draft regulations, we intend to work closely with the Attorney General’s office to ensure we are operating in the best interest of our customers.  

“We will immediately begin taking steps to prepare to implement the changes to our product that the Attorney General requires. We believe the process followed by AG Healey and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will ultimately result in a positive outcome for the millions of fantasy sports fans around the country who want to be able to enjoy DraftKings’ games in a fun, fair, and transparent environment.”

As well as the New York setback, DFS has been outlawed in Nevada recently, with the state declaring that operators must hold a gambling licence. Healey’s proposals will be the subject of a public hearing in January 2016.

Healey said: “It is my hope that they will see that his is what is right, this is what is necessary to protect consumers in our state, and they will willingly work to copy with these regulations. We should take these steps today even while this rule-making process is ongoing to make sure that we do everything we can to get the right policies in place."

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