State Attorney General Herbert Slatery III ruled that DFS illegal in Tennessee according to state gambling laws that qualify any game or contest with chance as a contributor to victory as illegal gambling.
AG Herbert Slatery III argued that DFS illegal in Tennessee, US gambling news report. Industry leading daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings however communicated that they were in “an active dialogue with elected officials” in the Volunteer State. DraftKings and their competitor FanDuel were striving for a situation where there is a regulated market for real-money daily fantasy contests in Tennessee.
The DFS operator released a statement after the Attorney General ruled DFS illegal in Tennessee. The statement said, “We call on all of our fans and Tennessee supporters to let their voices be heard in the coming days to show support for this legislation and protect their right to play the games they love.”
According to state gambling laws, DFS illegal in Tennessee
The Attorney General’s office provided a three-page opinion about the legal status of paid fantasy contests in Tennessee. Since US gambling laws in Tennessee consider any real-money game or contest where chance is a contributing factor to victory as illegal gambling, the review found that DFS illegal in Tennessee.
Slatery’s office said, that “A person who knowingly engages in ‘gambling’ commits a punishable offense. Absent legislation specifically exempting fantasy sports contests from the definition of ‘gambling,’ these contests constitute illegal gambling under Tennessee law.”