PolicyWorks News | Government Affairs Trends and Information Get the latest government affairs news, trends and information from the public affairs experts. Iowa lawmakers seek to better define laws regarding fantasy sports
Government Affairs

Iowa lawmakers seek to better define laws regarding fantasy sports

 

Fantasy sports have grown in popularity among avid sports fans but playing for earnings is illegal in Iowa. State lawmakers are hoping to remove any legal problems for fantasy sports enthusiasts, which means participants could begin to cash in on their time spent pouring over statistics.

“We have a very simple solution,” said Sen. Jeff Danielson, D-Cedar Falls, during a Senate State Government Subcommittee Wednesday. “We say that fantasy sports in this bill aren’t considered gaming under Iowa definition.”

John Cacciatore, lobbyist for the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, told lawmakers fantasy sports isn’t gambling but a “game of skill” requiring participants to weed through “a myriad of statistics, facts and game theory” to be competitive.

Click here to read the complete Cedar Rapids Gazette article.