sports (DFS) operators have been boosted after Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant
approved legislation that puts temporary legislation in place to allow them to
continue activities in the state, at least until July 2017.
has signed Senate Bill 2541 into law, which differs from the majority of
controls in other states in that the regulations it introduces will be repealed
on July 1st next year. The rationale behind this move is that more extensive
and far-reaching controls for DFS can be developed in the interim.
establishes the Fantasy Contest Task Force to review the paid fantasy sports
business model and create Mississippi-specific regulations.
Should no bill be
passed in that time, however, it is unclear whether DFS would become illegal in
the state again if no new legislation is passed by SB2541’s expiry date.
becomes the second US state after Tennessee to pass DFS legislation despite its
Attorney General issuing an opinion stating that the game was illegal under
current state law. The state's AG wrote in
February that he believed fantasy sports to be illegal both on and off the
prompted DraftKings and FanDuel to pull out of the state.
As well as
establishing the task force, the bill implements basic consumer protections
similar to those in other states.
employees of DFS operators and their families from entering paid contests, and
limits play to those over the age of 18.
measures are also set out, while player funds must be segregated from
While there is no
registration fee or tax to be paid under the new framework, operators are
required to register with the state, and face fines of up to $10,000 for any
violation of the regulations.