Nebraska Bill Recognizing Fantasy Sports Fails to Pass

by M. Tom Langan, II

A bill seeking to recognize fantasy sports as a game of knowledge and skill (and not illegal gambling) failed to pass through the Nebraska Legislature.  In addition to permitting fantasy contests for cash prizes, LB862 would have required fantasy contest operators to register with the Department of Revenue and implement certain safeguard features, such as preventing employees from participating and/or sharing confidential “insider” information.  The bill was met with heavy opposition and was indefinitely postponed on April 20, 2016 leaving the legal status of fantasy contests for cash prizes uncertain in Nebraska.

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