Fantasy sites raise concerns about Massachusetts regs

In this Oct. 25, 2015, photo, workers set up a DraftKings promotions tent in the parking lot of Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass., before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and New York Jets. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

BOSTON (AP) — Daily fantasy sports operators are objecting to some regulations proposed for the online contests in Massachusetts.

A lawyer for DraftKings told a public hearing Tuesday that the draft rules go too far by setting the minimum age for participating at 21 rather than 18, and by limiting monthly deposits to $1,000.

Griffin Finan also said the Boston-based company objected to a prohibition on fantasy contests based on college sports. Finan’s concerns were largely shared by Peter Schoenke, chairman of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

The rules proposed by Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey for the sites including DraftKings and New York-based FanDuel, could take effect within months. Healey’s approach contrasts with the attorneys general of New York and Illinois, who have moved to block the companies from operating in their states.

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