November 10, 2015
Blood Horse Staff

New Jersey legislators were told Nov. 9 fantasy sports operators shouldn’t be regulated like casinos because their games are more skill than chance.

Representatives of fantasy sports operators addressed lawmakers in an attempt to gauge how fantasy sports may be regulated in other states, the Associated Press reported. New Jersey regulates casino gambling in Atlantic City and has passed its own law on sports betting events though federal law prohibits it in all but four states; a legal challenge continues.

Nevada in October required fantasy sports companies to obtain a gambling license, and states including Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, New York, and Georgia have considered enacting their own rules, the Associated Press reported.

An expansion of gambling beyond casinos and racetracks requires a constitutional amendment in New Jersey.

Assemblyman Ronald Dancer and Dennis Drazin, an adviser to Darby Development, which leases and operates Monmouth Park, warned against doing anything to harm the larger push for legal sports betting in the state, the Associated Press reported.