AUSTIN, TX – The Texas Fantasy Sports Alliance (TFSA) today released the results of a statewide poll that reveal 81.3% of Texans support legislation that would protect the rights of sports fans to play online fantasy sports contests and ensure that only those over the age of 18 can play for prizes. “This poll demonstrates that Texans support fantasy sports … Read MoreREAD MORE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 11, 2017 Texas House Committee Advances Fantasy Sports Legislation AUSTIN, TX – The Texas House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures today passed House Bill 1457 on a 6-1 vote to clarify and affirm the legality of fantasy sports in Texas. “Today’s committee vote is an important step toward affirming the right of Texans to play … Read MoreREAD MORE
Conservative Champion Leading the Way for Economic Liberty AUSTIN, TX – Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) today filed Senate Bill 1970 to clarify and affirm the legality of fantasy sports in Texas, a contest of skill for entertainment that allows fans to engage with professional sports while competing with family and friends. The Texas Fantasy Sports Alliance (TFSA), a coalition representing … Read MoreREAD MORE
Rep. Richard Raymond Files HB-1457 to Affirm the Legality of Fantasy Sports in Texas AUSTIN – Representative Richard Peña Raymond (D-Laredo) today filed HB-1457 to clarify and affirm the legality of fantasy sports in Texas, which is played by more than four million Texans each year. Representative John Kuempel (R-Seguin), Representative Rodney Anderson (R-Grand Prairie), and Representative James White (R-Hillister), … Read MoreREAD MORE
Four million Texans play fantasy sports. 700,000 play daily fantasy sports, according to a newly formed group, the Texas Fantasy Sports Alliance. The Alliance has collected nearly 40-thousand messages from players. They hope to convince lawmakers to join ten other states and separate daily fantasy sports from illegal gambling.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Don’t worry, daily fantasy sports fans. Nothing is changing in Texas — for now, at least — as the peak of the NFL playoffs arrive with Sunday’s conference championships and the Super Bowl on Feb. 7. Even though Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently weighed in on the online fantasy industry, saying he believes it’s operating illegally in Texas, fantasy sports companies say they’re not going anywhere.
The Dallas Morning News
Attorney General Ken Paxton says daily fantasy sports games should be classified as illegal gambling. But a legislative veteran aims to block him next year. Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo, will challenge Paxton’s opinion with a bill that would declare all fantasy sports to be “games of skill not games of chance.”
A Texas lawmaker wants to settle the score once and for all: fantasy football is a skill and should be allowed by state law.
The Dallas Morning News
Attorney General Ken Paxton says daily fantasy sports games should be classified as illegal gambling. But a legislative veteran aims to block him next year. Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Laredo, will challenge Paxton’s opinion with a bill that would declare all fantasy sports to be “games of skill not games of chance.” “I don’t think it’s right for government to propose kinds of limits and to outlaw it in a way, as the attorney general is suggesting,” Raymond said Thursday.
A state lawmaker says he’ll file legislation to make sure Texans can play fantasy sports online without repercussions — following an opinion from Attorney GeneralKen Paxton that equates placing bets on gaming websites to illegal gambling.