Ohio House Passes A Bill to Further Regulate "Fantasy Sports"

May 24, 2017

Earlier this month, Fantasy Sports websites like FanDuel and DraftKings threw their support behind Ohio's proposed regulations on the industry.
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A measure that would revise rules on fantasy sports, which haven’t been touched in decades, is on its way to the Ohio Senate after passing the House.

Under the proposal, players would have to be 18 or older and the companies running fantasy sports competitions would have to be licensed by the state.

House leaders are quick to note that fantasy sports as we know it today is entirely different than the paper-and-pencil version from the 90's.

That’s why legislators, such as Republican Rep. Robert McColley of Napoleon say the state needs more regulation of what has become a giant industry around the country.

“This does not regulate or even touch the fantasy sports leagues that you and your buddies from college might have. This only touches the for-profit fantasy sports operators that we have in Ohio such as Fan Duel and Draft Kings,” he said.

Those sites supported the bill as it passed the House.