MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Senate committee on Tourism and Marketing on Wednesday approved The Fantasy Sports Act, sponsored by Senator Paul Sanford (R-Huntsville), which would allow fantasy sports operators to register with the Attorney General’s office to conduct fantasy sports contests in the state of Alabama.
Sanford’s Senate Bill 325 would allow fantasy sports operators who are registered with the Attorney General’s office an exemption from the state prohibitions on gambling.
“Government should have no say in the games or recreation people take part in. Fantasy sports is something that should establish bragging rights between friends, not new government regulations,” Sanford remarked.
Daily fantasy sports require contestants to draft teams of players from professional sports teams. The fantasy teams then compete according to agreed-upon rules on a daily or weekly basis. Contestants have to assemble the very best teams and strategically research and implement a plan to win.
“Daily fantasy sports require focus and effort to win,” Sanford said. “It is not the same as putting a coin in a machine and pulling a lever – you have to compete.”
The legislation would provide some much-needed regulations for the state on fantasy sports contests. The act requires an entry fee for participating in a contest, regulates fantasy contests revenues, and establishes protections for contestants.
Senate Bill 325 is now in position for consideration on the Senate floor. Thursday is the sixteenth day of the 2018 legislative session; the state constitution gives the Legislature thirty calendar days to conduct each session.
Senator Paul Sanford, a serial entrepreneur and a small business owner, is a Republican representing District 7 in the Alabama Senate, which is within Madison County. Follow Senator Sanford’s legislative updates on Twitter: @CitizenLawmaker