Fantasy sports hit regulatory radar in U.S.

A number of U.S. states are looking into the legalities surrounding daily fantasy sports as the business booms, the Las Vegas-Review Journal reports.

Massachusetts and California have joined Nevada in taking a potential stand on the business. Earlier this summer, Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett asked the attorney general’s office to analyze the legalities surrounding the issue and provide the three-member board some guidance.

While on Monday, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey reportedly said her office was reviewing the legalities of fantasy sports. She said officials from Boston-based DraftKings, one the industry’s largest companies, initiated talks with her office.

Last week, Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said he wants Congress to hold hearings to explore the legal status of fantasy sports, the report said.

The calls for a review come amidst claims the two biggest companies, Draftkings and FanDuel, generated $60 million in entry fees during the opening weekend of the National Football League.

Both claim they offer games of skill and are not gambling websites.