Indiana Legalizes Fantasy Sports

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

March 29, 2016

fantasy-sportsLast week, Indiana governor Mike Pence signed into law a statute that explicitly provides that paid fantast sports contests do not constitute gaming under applicable law.  Additionally, the law will set up a regulatory scheme that will govern fantasy sports operators and the basic parameters of the contests that they offer.


What are some key provisions of the new Indiana fantasy sports regulatory scheme?

In order to benefit from the gambling law exemption, fantasy sports operators must:

  • Pay $50,000.00 to register with the State’s Gaming Commission, and annual fees of $5,000;
  • Prohibit contests based on college and high school sports;
  • Verify that participants in fantasy sports contests are at least 18 years of age;
  • Disclose to participants the number of entries that each participant may submit in a single contest;
  • Refrain from advertising paid fantasy sports contests at schools and at sports areas used exclusively for student sports activities; and
  • Submit to audits to verify compliance with the statutory scheme every three (3) years;

The law will go into effect in July, 2016.

The Continued Push to Regulate the Fantasy Sports Industry

Indiana joins Virginia as the first states to formally enact a regulatory scheme for fantasy sports contests and operators.  In addition to these states, similar legislative initiatives have been undertaken in statehouses across the country including, among others, Wisconsin, Missouri, California and Florida.   As fantasy sports contests, and the laws and regulations that govern them, continue to grow and evolve, it is essential that fantasy sports enterprises keep abreast of the developing legal landscape. Operators should regularly review their respective contest platforms, entry fee and prize structures with knowledgeable counsel in order to effectively navigate this rapidly changing regulatory framework.

If you are interested in learning more about this topic or pursuing a fantasy sports venture, please e-mail us at, or call us at (212) 246-0900.

Attorney Advertising

Related Blog Posts:

Landmark Daily Fantasy Sports Settlement Between DraftKings, FanDuel and New York

Virginia Blazes Trail in Fantasy Sports Regulation

New State-Level Fantasy Sports Regulatory Developments

David O. Klein

David O. Klein

David Klein is one of the most recognized attorneys in the telemarketing, technology, Internet marketing, sweepstakes and telecommunications fields. Skilled at counseling clients on a broad range of technology-related matters, David Klein has substantial experience in negotiating and drafting complex licensing, marketing and Internet agreements.

Schedule a Call
In The Know

Trending Topics

Creating a Viral and Legally Compliant "Pin to Win" Contest- Klein Moynihan Turco

Creating a Viral (And Legally Compliant) “Pin to Win” Contest

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

We have frequently written about the marketing benefits associated with the use of promotional contests and sweepstakes.  Promotional contests and sweepstakes often appear on social media platforms, which provide companies with a free and effective means to increase the number of consumers participating in their respective contests. While companies must

Facebook Decision defines a TCPA Autodialer- Klein Moynihan Turco LLP

Facebook Aftermath: Courts Clarify Definition of TCPA Autodialer

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

On April 1st, the U.S. Supreme Court released its opinion in Facebook, Inc. v. Duguid, marking a newly clarified definition of “autodialer” within the meaning of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). In the two weeks that followed, two federal courts have directly addressed the definition of TCPA autodialer as

Critical Role that TCPA Plays in Outbound Telemarketing- KMT

The Critical Role that the TCPA Plays in Outbound Telemarketing

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

If you’re running any sort of outbound telemarketing campaign – phone calls, voicemail drops, or text messaging – you need to understand the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and its enabling regulations. Call center operators are not the only businesses that employ outbound telemarketing to reach out to consumers. Using

How to Use Promotional Marketing the Legal Way: Klein Moynihan Turco LLP

How To Use Promotional Marketing The Legal Way

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

The use of promotional contests, games and sweepstakes marketing can be a dynamic and cost-effective way to increase sales, build a database of interested consumers and otherwise increase brand awareness and buzz. Consumers are more easily attracted to your marketing message by the opportunity to win prizes than with more

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin