Bill to exclude fantasy sports from gambling law draws derision

Screen Shot 2016-02-18 at 5.02.54 PMBy Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services /Arizona Capitol Times

State lawmakers are moving to spell out that the “fantasy sports” leagues being advertised heavily on TV — and the wagering around them — is legal in Arizona, even as prosecutors in some other states are trying to close them down.

Current Arizona law makes it to illegal to spend money to participate in any game or contest of chance of skill. That includes betting on the outcome of a future event.

SB1515 would specifically exclude “fantasy sports league competitions.”

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