TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/AP) — Legislators may reach a deal this year on the murky legal status of fantasy sports in Florida.READ MORE: Could College Athletes Profit from Adult Entertainment?
House and Senate Republicans negotiating a comprehensive gambling bill that focuses primarily on casino gambling are including in the legislation proposals regarding fantasy sports.
Senate negotiators on Thursday offered their support for a House bill that says betting on fantasy contests would be allowed as long as the sponsor of the contest is not a participant.READ MORE: Florida Doctors Blast Governor Ron DeSantis Over COVID-19
Florida’s attorney general back in 1991 issued an opinion that football fantasy leagues were a form of illegal gambling. But fantasy leagues have continued to flourish and expand since then, including the creation of daily fantasy leagues.
Some Republican legislators tried unsuccessfully last year to legalize fantasy contests.
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