2nd March 2016
Officials from both FanDuel and DraftKings will attend a meeting in Nevada next week as the state considers whether or not to legalise fantasy sports betting. All operators were forced to exit the state following a notice published in October 2015 stating that fantasy sports betting was to become illegal.
Nigel Eccles, the CEO of FanDuel, and Jason Robins, the CEO of DraftKings, will attend the meeting with the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee on Monday March 7th with a view to legalising the games throughout the state. This comes after rumours that the state may be about to reconsider its decision, with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announcing his intention to review the issue with the Gaming Policy Committee. In a statement regarding the issue, Sandoval said: “There is no better place in the world to host this important conversation than Nevada, and I look forward to working with this committee and its stakeholders to continue to set the pace and standards for global gaming industry,”
Currently, DraftKings will not allow residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, and Washington to create accounts on its site while FanDuel restricts players from the same states with the addition of Hawaii and Mississippi. With the debate surrounding fantasy sports betting still raging in the U.S, this latest meeting follows reports that Virginia could become the first state to legalise it entirely.
With Monday’s meeting seemingly acting as an educational session, it appears that no concrete decision regarding the legalisation of fantasy sports betting will be reached just yet, however, it will allow the committee to discuss their next move in relation to this increasingly thorny subject.