January 26th, 2016
Massachusetts attorney general, Maura Healey, has proposed regulations to protect consumers from deceptive practices of daily fantasy sports operators in Massachusetts. These include provisions to prevent youth access, limit monthly betting, and prevent professional players from using special tools to dramatically improve their chances of winning.
The Public Health Advocacy Institute previously argued to Ms. Healey that daily fantasy sports is illegal under Massachusetts law. At this time, 10 states have taken that position. Rather than take that approach, General Healey has staked out a moderate position of permitting the games while protecting consumers. We argue that some of the most important protections in the proposed regulations may be impossible to effectively enforce. Were it enforced, we argue, the industry’s business model would fail because it is built on practices that are unfair to the consumer.
Download PHAI’s submission here.