RI attorney general finds daily fantasy sports legal

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)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP/WPR) — Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says he has determined that daily fantasy sports are currently legal under Rhode Island law.

Kilmartin said on Thursday that he conducted a review and has forwarded the findings to Gov. Gina Raimondo, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

“There has been much discussion nationwide about the legality of daily fantasy sports. What has been made very clear is that state-specific laws determine the legality of these operations; what is found to be legal in one state may be found to be illegal in another state,” Kilmartin said. “After a very thorough review of how these sites operate and an analysis of our statutes and relevant case law, I am confident that daily fantasy sports sites are legal in  Rhode Island.”

Attorneys general in several states have found that the games are illegal.

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Kilmartin says that in Rhode Island, the question depends on whether chance is a dominant factor in determining how prizes are distributed. He found that daily fantasy sports are a mixture of chance and skill, and therefore allowed.

Even though it’s legal, Kilmartin says he believes there should be strict regulations imposed on the operation of such sites. He is encouraging the General Assembly to establish regulations.

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