This week’s topic in Sports Reporters was about if fantasy sports should be illegal or not. Personally, I was torn on having an outright opinion on the topic. I do not play fantasy sports, nor do I care to get started. However, searching the web for opinions on the issue I found that my thoughts only lead to one outcome: Fantasy sports should not be illegal.
When people get involved with fantasy sports, it is strictly for fun. According to an article on forbes.com, it stated ” In many cases, playing fantasy football for money is entirely legal under federal law. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 includes an explicit carve-out for fantasy sports games that meet three criteria: (1) the value of the prizes is not determined by the number of participants or the amount of fees paid; (2) all winning outcomes reflect the relative knowledge and skill of the participants; and (3) the fantasy game’s result is not based on the final scores of any real-world games. Based on this language, most traditional versions of fantasy football seem to comply with federal law, presuming these contests are indeed games of skill.”( Forbes.com)
I think that this is a huge thing to reflect on when decided what side to be on in this topic. When playing fantasy, you are not betting specifically on the outcome of the game, you are placing your “bets” on how well the players perform that week. You also have to prepare well when drafting your players. You don’t want to draft a Brian Scalabrine type of guy over a Michael Jordan type of player. You want to go for the good players that will get you the most points that week. That takes a lot of studying and sports watching from you yourself. Plus, you do not know if they for sure are going to do well or not. You pick your players each week to perform and hope for the best.
That is why I think fantasy sports should be considered legal.