The committee voted the bill onto its next stop — the Senate Finance Committee. That body will meet today and DFS will be considered alongside a bill that would legalize and regulate online poker in the state.
Also today a vote will occur in the Assembly’s gaming committee on the bill just introduced by Assemblymember Gary Pretlow.
The majority of the Senate committee voted “aye with reservations,” meaning those senators did not entirely agree with the bill as it came before the committee. (Two voted for the bill, four voted for the bill with reservations, and there was one “no” vote.)
The tentative support appears to be mostly related to the racinos and the New York Gaming Association, which ramped up opposition to the bill recently.
DraftKings CEO Jason Robins: “A bill that would protect the rights of New Yorkers to play fantasy sports cleared an important Senate committee, bringing New Yorkers one step closer to being able to enjoy the games that they love"
The legislature is trying to legalize the DFS industry in advance of its adjournment on June 16. New York’s legislative effort represents a high-stakes opportunity for the DFS industry.
FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles offered the following statement after the day’s action: “We’ve been working around the clock with lawmakers in our home state of New York to introduce a bill that will ensure fantasy sports are permitted in the state and provide consumer protections for players. FanDuel has been headquartered in New York for five years, employs more than 170 people here and is committed to bringing fantasy sports back to New Yorkers, who have made their voices heard over these last few months.
“Although there is still work to be done, a bill introduced in both chambers and now passing a key Senate committee is a major step towards our goal. On behalf of the legions of New Yorkers who love fantasy sports and the many sports tech companies who are proud to call New York home, we thank the bill sponsors for their leadership and hope the legislature will act to ensure fantasy sports are here to stay in New York,” he remarked.
And DraftKings CEO Jason Robins: “A bill that would protect the rights of New Yorkers to play fantasy sports cleared an important Senate committee, bringing New Yorkers one step closer to being able to enjoy the games that they love. DraftKings and the millions of New Yorkers who enjoy playing fantasy sports with their friends, families and co-workers would like to thank the bill sponsors for their support of innovation, entrepreneurship, and the camaraderie of fantasy sports.”