Gov. Pence Signs Bill to Legalize Online Fantasy Sports

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Indiana becomes the second state to formally legalize online fantasy sports.

Governor Mike Pence signed a bill into law on Thursday, which allowing Hoosiers 18 and older to play on sites such as DraftKings and FanDuel. Indiana will prohibit the use of college and high school sports results in a daily fantasy sports contests.

The industry will be regulated by the newly created Paid Fantasy Sports Division of the Indiana Gaming Commission.

Officials in some states like New York have declared online fantasy sports as illegal gambling.

Griffin Finan, the Director of Public Affairs for DraftKings, released the following statement:

“Today, Indiana became yet another state to put in place a thoughtful and appropriate regulatory framework to protect the rights of fantasy players. We thank Governor Pence for his leadership and advocacy and are hopeful that other states across the country will follow Indiana’s lead.” 

Officials with FanDuel also sent the following letter: 
 
“Dear Indiana users: 
 
We have exciting news to share! Today, Governor Pence signed a bill into law clarifying the legal status of fantasy sports and protecting the games you love. 
 
Here’s what this means for you: 
 
– Indiana is the second state to pass positive fantasy sports legislation this year, following Virginia. We couldn’t have done it without you! We are extremely grateful for your continued support over the past few months, which was instrumental in making this law a reality. 
 
-Your right to play fantasy sports is safeguarded, and tough but smart consumer protections are in place to protect players like you on all fantasy sites operating in Indiana. You can continue to play NBA, NHL, MLB and NFL contests on FanDuel. 
 
– Due to regulations introduced in the bill, we are permanently no longer offering NCAA games to those playing FanDuel in Indiana. 
 
We would like you to thank Governor Pence and the bill’s sponsors, Representative Morrison and Senator Ford, who listened to you (and millions like you) and worked with us to keep fantasy sports protected in your state. If you want to show your gratitude, please send a note to thank them. 
 
Today is an exciting day for Hoosiers and we thank you again for your continued support.”

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