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By: David L. Harris
Boston Business Journal

Boston-based DraftKings Inc. railed against a state commission’s decision that recommends classifying daily fantasy sports under the broad umbrella of “online gaming,” a gambling classification that the startup has fought to avoid in every state where it operates.

The state’s Special Commission on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports Gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports voted to officially adopt the recommendations at a meeting Monday afternoon after a delay last week. The recommendation still needs legislative approval.

Boston-based DraftKings Inc. railed against a state commission’s decision that recommends classifying daily fantasy sports under the broad umbrella of “online gaming,” a gambling classification that the startup has fought to avoid in every state where it operates.

The state’s Special Commission on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports Gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports voted to officially adopt the recommendations at a meeting Monday afternoon after a delay last week. The recommendation still needs legislative approval.

The special committee was created as part of the legislation passed in 2016 that explicitly legalized daily fantasy sports in Massachusetts. The commission is required to review the regulations of various online gaming activities.

DraftKings also recently ran into resistance from U.S. regulators when theFederal Trade Commission voted last month to block the company’s proposed merger with DraftKings. The companies have since abandoned merger plans.

Read more here: https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/news/2017/07/31/mass-moves-to-classify-fantasy-sports-as-online.html

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