A bill that could legalize DFS in Ohio will soon be discussed in the State Senate, recent reports state.
Daily fantasy sports in the US has been a tricky subject for lawmakers over the years. In most states, DFS is considered to be a game of skill, and is therefore legal. Other states claim it is clearly a form of sports gambling, and should be federally banned. US gambling news is now beginning to surface that senators in Ohio may be pushing to legalize DFS in the state, and recently introduced a bill that would allow for the regulation of daily fantasy sports sites.
Ohio has been one of the many states that allows DFS, but does not strictly regulate or tax it. Under this new bill, called SB 375, current Ohio gambling laws would be amended, and the Ohio Casino Control Commission would be granted the authority to regulate fantasy contests for money and exempt fantasy contests from the current set of gambling laws.
Of course, with full legalization comes a set of regulations, and the new bill clearly defines who can and cannot play DFS in Ohio for cash. This includes anyone employed by a DFS operator, relatives of any employee of a DFS operator within the same household, athletes or referees who take part in athletic events, and people under the age of 18.
The bill to legalize DFS in Ohio may take some time to get passed, but if it does it will be a huge step for the daily fantasy sports industry in the US.
What DFS sites can you access in Ohio now?
As we stated before, DFS has been tolerated in Ohio for years, so a number of great DFS websites can be accessed here at the moment. One of the biggest is FanDuel, which has grown to become extremely popular in the US thanks to their wide range of fantasy game options.
There are a number of other great DFS sites you can access in Ohio including DraftGoal, which offers fantasy contests for major soccer games around the world.
It will be very interesting to see whether the bill to legalize DFS in Ohio gets passed in 2017. If it does, we may see a number of other states so the same in an effort to obtain revenue from this highly lucrative market.
Do you think DFS in Ohio will soon be legalized and regulated? How will this affect the DFS industry in the US? Tell us what you think by leaving a comment below, and make sure to check out GamingZion’s list of online daily fantasy sports sites in the US to find all the websites offering fantasy contests for cash!