otwithstanding, political leaders in the state are currently weighing whether to regulate it or not.
The Associated Press news agency reports that Governor Charlie Baker and top legislative leaders Senate President Stan Rosenberg and House Speaker Robert DeLeo are discussing the implications of such a move, and await the state Attorney General’s input.
A spokesperson for the state AG noted Monday: “The federal statute dealing with unlawful Internet gambling left to the states the ability to regulate fantasy sports. We are seeking extensive information about the industry and have spoken with the leading companies directly as part of this review. There is little question that this industry will need to be regulated in order to protect consumers.”
Sen. Rosenberg has already said he believes fantasy sports websites amount to gambling and should be regulated and taxed in Massachusetts.
Governor Baker said he will await the AG’s input, but said: “Does a game that involves a significant amount of thinking, strategizing tactics and risk fall into the existing statute or not? That’s something we can ask her and I think we probably should.”