An estimated 100,000 people in Delaware participate in some form of fantasy sports, including yours truly. Rep. Charles Potter’s HB249 would clarify the law that these kind of fantasy games are not gambling, but are rather “games of skill.” My only question comes with the next part of the bill. It subjects operators to a license and comply with some of the strictest consumer protection safeguards in the nation and then would subject operators of paid fantasy sports contests to a 15% tax on their net adjusted revenues, as well as a $50,000 annual fee. By operators, I suppose that means outfits like ESPN, FanDuel and Yahoo sports, and not people like me who run a 10 person league with the total prize being no more than $300.
AN ACT TO AMEND TITLE 29 OF THE DELAWARE CODE RELATING TO INTERACTIVE FANTASY CONTESTS.
SPONSORS: Potter, Sokola, Bonini, McBride, Poore, Keeley, Schwartzkopf, B.Short
YES VOTES – HOUSE: B.Short, Baumbach, Bennett, Bentz, Bolden, Brady, Carson, Gray, Hensely, J.Johnson, K.Williams, Keeley, Kowalko, Lynn, M.Smith, Matthews, Miro, Mitchell, Mulrooney, Osienski, Paradee, Potter, Q.Johnson, Ramone, Smyk, Spiegelman, Viola, Yearick
YES VOTES – SENATE:
NO VOTES – HOUSE: Collins, Dukes, Kenton, Outten, Postles, Wilson [Absent: D.Short, Heffernan, Hudson, Longhurst, Schwartzkopf] [Not voting: Briggs King, Jaques]
NO VOTES – SENATE:
HISTORY: Passed House 28-6-2-5.
STATUS: Assigned to Executive Committee in Senate.
Its gambling, unless you believe putting money down on a trifecta isn’t gambling.
Well, of course it’s gambling, but we all agree that we won’t call it gambling in the legal sense of the word.
If the people of Delaware want fantasy sports especially the registered voters in Delaware who vote for these politicians. Let them have it.