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Jason Hanselman Quoted in Law360 Article About Fantasy Sports and Tribal Gambling

March 14, 2016

Jason T. Hanselman, Lansing-based member in Dykema’s Government Policy & Practice group, was quoted in the Law360 article, “Fantasy Sports Could Play Spoiler In Tribal Gambling,” which discusses how daily fantasy sports is bringing a potentially disruptive new element to the Native American gambling industry, with states afraid the game could undermine tribal-state compacts and tribal casinos imagining it as a conduit to Internet expansion.

In the article Hanselman points out that a forward-thinking tribe might try to take a state's lack of action on daily fantasy sports as a cue for the tribe to push onto the Internet. He goes on to state that when a state actually does pass legislation that specifically authorizes daily fantasy sports, he believes that creative tribal lawyers could come up with arguments saying they can conduct any type of Internet gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

Ultimately, Hanselman says that once a state approves daily fantasy sports, it becomes very difficult for it to say why daily fantasy sports is OK and other types of games aren’t.

Law360 subscribers can read the entire article here.