By State Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove) -
A recent Sun-Times editorial (Bet on steep regulations for daily fantasy sports) would have readers believe that the best way to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports betting is to take the word, and the draft legislation, from the very businesses that seek to benefit from open disregard for our laws. I think we should aspire to do better.
Legislators who have concerns with this bill do not oppose fantasy sports. Instead, we want to ensure that consumers aren’t playing a rigged game, that those profiting from these contests aren’t criminals, and that the bill is forward thinking so that we don’t have to come back in six months or a year, to fix obvious problems with Internet gambling.
As the editorial and the Illinois Attorney General noted, under current law those who operate Daily Fantasy Sports contests are illegal gambling syndicates. These companies have been flagrantly operating outside the law since day one.