GA considers warning on fantasy sports

GA considers warning on fantasy sports

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Totally Gaming
Gamblers Anonymous has reacted to the growth of the US fantasy market

Gamblers Anonymous (GA) is to consider adding a warning about fantasy football to its literature.

Trustees of the international group, which has played a role in dealing with problem gambling across the world since 1957, will vote in October as to whether the addition is needed to its Gamblers Anonymous Combo Book.

The proposed revisions would add ‘fantasy sports’ to page 14 of the Combo Book - a recovery guide gambling addicts are encouraged to carry at all times, where the organisation lists a series of activities compulsive gamblers are advised to avoid.

“It could very well pass,” a GA source told news channel NBC4. “There has been a lot of trustee talk about it.”

Changes to the Combo Book, which was last revised in April 2014, must be approved through two votes by international trustees of the organization. The trustees will meet in October in Cancun, and again in May in Arizona.

The development comes amid a continuing surge of interest and participation in fantasy sports in the US, with market leaders FanDuel and DraftKings now both valued as multi-billion dollar organisations and partners of the country’s biggest sports teams. Fantasy sports are allowed in almost all US states through federal law that considers them a game of skill and bans most traditional forms of gambling.

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