Massachusetts was at the center of the US casino scene again this week, as the state’s Special Commission on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports Gaming, and Daily Fantasy Sports published a report that is said to be voted upon this upcoming Monday, July 31st.
In short, the report makes it clear that legalizing Daily Fantasy Sports is the right move to make. Recommending that the sites and games be classified as “online gaming,” the report lent full support to the legalization of DFS sites. Unfortunately for some, the report did recommend that other forms of online gambling—such as casino games and poker—be put on hold for now.
The drafted report, though released this week, will not be voted upon until next Monday. The reason for this being that there needs to be ample time for those voting to familiarize themselves with the entirety of the report.
For supporters of broad-based online gambling, this news will not come with much of a silver lining. Having said that, the news was not a total bust. The reason for this is that if the government does move to place DFS under a broader online gaming category, the fact of the matter is that it will only be a matter of time before traditional casino games, poker, and everything else comes along with it.
In addition to this, there are rumors that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, when established, will be set up in such a way that the legalization of other forms of online gambling might not have to go through the Senate nor the House. These are just rumors, but optimistic rumors nonetheless.
While you might think that sites like DraftKings would be overjoyed at this news, such has not totally been the case. The main reason for this is because of the report’s recommendation to classify DFS under an “online gaming” label.
According to director of PR at DraftKings, James Chisholm, there is no need to classify DFS as online gaming. In a statement, he said, “We fundamentally disagree with some of the recommendations in the Commission’s draft report, particularly its proposal to define fantasy sports as ‘online gaming.’ No other state in the country has characterized fantasy sports this way.”
Chisholm went on to talk about how this classification may prevent DraftKings—a Massachusetts-based company—from offering its services in the state. He did not elaborate too much on that, so it appears that there is a lot that remains to be seen at this juncture. Being that a vote is just mere days away, we will continue following this story.