Are Fantasy Sports Legal in Georgia
Georgia: The Big Story on DraftKings, FanDuel and Fantasy Sports- are fantasy sports legal in GA ??
As of this writing, the short answer is yes. Or at least the Attorney General’s office- the horses mouth- has not rendered a formal opinion that they are illegal. At the core of the legal issue: Are fantasy sports gambling? If it is determined they are, then the question of are fantasy sports legal in GA may be answered soon.
What exactly is the current status on fantasy sports in Georgia?
There is not a consensus amongst Georgia citizens on whether fantasy sports are either gambling or legal. There is not great evidence that Georgian’s are against them. Similar to the prospect of casinos, many want the choice to play.
Opposition to Fantasy Sports in Georgia
One entity is strongly opposed to fantasy football. The Georgia Lottery Corporation has challenged their legality and appears to have a strong argument. It is a hot topic for debate. Not only in Georgia. Nationwide. The GLC controls all legal gambling in the state. On behalf of the GLC, Senior VP, Joseph Kim, wrote stern letters to both FanDuel’s CEO Nigel Eccles and DraftKings CEO Jason Robins.
Identical letters were sent to both fantasy sports companies. The letters, in essence, asked FanDuel and DraftKings to prove their games are legal. At least in Georgia.
Superimposed on the issue of daily fantasy sports is Georgia casino legislation.