United States will examine DFS at federal level

The federal Congress will debate online sports gambling in May 11th.

The Congressional Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade set the date of the hearing.

US.- Sports betting, Daily Fantasy Sports –DFS– and online gambling will be discussed in the state’s Congress to reach a federal status. The debate will define the legal position of the sports gaming methods at national level, considering proactive customer protections. The federal bill will set general regulations focusing deeply on player’s interests and rights.

Currently, only 6 states –Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Virgina– have completely approved the DFS and sports betting regulations, allowing the legal gaming across the territory. Nevertheless, 11 states –including Hawaii, New York and Nevada– are in the middle of the debate, whilst another 15 –New Jersey, California, Florida, among others– are in “pending” phase. 5 states –Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana and Washington– banned them entirely.

The federal hearing, however, was requested by Republican Frank Pallone from New Jersey last September. DFS and sports betting are facing many ways of regulation in several states and most relevant operators, DraftKings and FanDuel, are fighting various legal battles across the country. A federal regulation could set basis as to advertising, prohibited bettors –employees, professional players– and tax rates.