State Representative Has Big Plans For His Fantasy Sports Bill

Fantasy Sports are changing drastically, and it’s happening at a fast pace. The law, as is so often the case, is trying to catch up.

Daily fantasy sports have exploded not only in popularity this year but in the consciousness of the average fan due to the advertising blitz from the likes of DraftKings and FanDuel. However, after a recent scandal, lawmakers across the country are taking a second look.

Illinois State Rep. Michael Zalewski is driving a bill that would take steps to controlling the reach of fantasy sites.

Danny Ecker Twitter Post The bill would make Illinois one of a number of states working to get control of the new industry. However, unlike the five states that have banned the practice as illegal, Illinois’ bill would include more compromises on both sides.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the bill will try to protect those playing the fantasy games from playing too much and making sure they have an actual chance to win.

The coming legislation is aimed at protecting consumers in the state from “draining” their bank accounts by playing too much and making sure they have a legitimate chance of winning, said Rep. Mike Zalewski (D, Ill.). Describing the bill as the first of its kind in the nation, it would create standards for auditing daily fantasy companies that want to do business in the state and prohibit their employees from playing in contests on other sites, among other restrictions, he added.

This comes shortly after a DraftKings employee released sensitive information early and in that same week made $350,000 playing on FanDuel.

Both of the two major companies involved have responded to Zalewski’s bill but in a surprisingly upbeat way. In a statement, FanDuel said they welcome the opportunity to work with Zalewski, and DraftKings said the legislation is “a reasonable and measured step toward oversight of fantasy sports.”