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FanDuel and DraftKings set their sights on Nevada

As part of the ongoing legal battle for DFS in the United States, DraftKings and FanDuel have now set their sites on Nevada Daily Fantasy Sports.

Fresh from victory in New York, they’re battling to gain ground in the home of Las Vegas. Unfortunately, this doesn’t look set to be the easiest of rides.

The sites are petitioning the state to develop a specific ‘fantasy sports license’ for DFS and related products.

The Nevada Gaming Policy Committee

FanDuel and DraftKings presented their cases to the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee on August 23rd. The committee included government officials, state regulators and casino lobbyists.

The operators were up against opposition with this committee. Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt ordered Nevada daily fantasy sports operators to exit the state late last year. In addition to this, casinos sent in letters of concern about the DFS proposals before the meeting began.

During the meeting, it was clear that the two sides were at odds on how to proceed. All committee members agreed that they want Nervada Daily Fantasy Sports. However, there were also many objections to the proposed new license.

Rejecting The ‘Sports Gambling License’ for Nevada Daily Fantasy Sports

Currently, DFS operators need to apply for a sports gambling license to let Nevada fans play. Members of the committee felt this legislation covers DFS, so a ‘fantasy sports license’ is not needed.

However, operators do not want to brand their products as games of chance. Online gambling is illegal in the United States. Getting a gambling license in Nevada could affect their position in other States. It’s therefore understandable why FanDuel and DraftKings would be wary of using this type of license.

Reaching a Compromise…?

The committee has set a September 30th deadline for the future of Nevada Daily Fantasy Sports. In this short window of time, both sides will have to work on a compromise for creating a proposal.

Most of the committee members agreed that the proposed legislation could be edited to fit in with Nevada gaming laws. Also, FanDuel/DraftKings lobbyist Scott Ward agreed that the proposal had room for changes.

A proposal would have to wait until the committee reconvenes in February. For now, we’ll have to sit tight and see whether DFS has a place in the home of U.S. gambling.

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