Idaho attorney general bans paid daily fantasy sports contests
Andrew Smith is one of many Idahoans who received an email Monday morning saying he can no longer participate in paid daily fantasy sports contests.
Industry powers DraftKings and FanDuel have agreed to quit providing those contests to consumers in Idaho, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said in a statement released Monday morning. The agreement was reached after three months of negotiations, Wasden said.
“The concern I have is that the paid daily sports offerings provided by these companies constitute gambling under Idaho law,” Wasden said in the statement. “I have a duty to enforce and uphold that law. I commend the companies for negotiating in good faith and agreeing not to make these contests available in Idaho.”
Under terms of the agreement, the companies, as of May 1, will not allow any consumers based in Idaho to participate in any of their daily paid online fantasy football, baseball, basketball and other sports contests.