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GAMING BUSINESS
Regulation and Fantasy Sports
CGA Update
It’s time to have a conversation in Canada about Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS).

On July 1, TSN reported that the Toronto Maple Leafs sought legal advice about whether DFS gaming is legal in Canada. As Rick Westhead wrote, “the fact that the Maple Leafs are seeking legal advice suggests Canadian NHL teams could be close to following the lead of U.S.-based sports teams and leagues, including the NHL itself, by signing sponsorship partnerships with fast-growing fantasy sports gaming companies.”

In October, a DraftKings content manager was accused of using insider information to win $350,000. While he’s now been cleared, it comes too late to stop the interest in and controversy around fantasy sports. And that’s a perfect combination for attracting the attention of lawmakers. To wit: The Nevada Gaming Control Board has recently stated that DFS operators are required to obtain gambling licenses, and the New York Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, issued cease-and-desist orders against both DraftKings and FanDuel.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, and the iceberg is bumping up against Canada too.
 
Like the Leafs, the Canadian Gaming Association recently commissioned a legal opinion, which concludes that daily fantasy sports are games of mixed skill and chance and therefore considered to be chance under the Criminal Code. That’s gambling, which makes DFS in Canada illegal unless conducted and managed under the aegis of a provincial government.

The CGA will continue to press for lawful and regulated solutions for all forms of gaming – fantasy or real – to ensure that the playing field is level for everyone. Let’s start the conversation.
 
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