Fantasy sports websites face Supreme Court Wednesday

BOSTON (WWLP) – The debate continues over a relatively new billion-dollar industry: fantasy sports websites.

It’s a new and lucrative industry. The New York Attorney General considers daily fantasy sports illegal gambling and wants these websites shut down, at least temporarily.

Popular sports betting companies like Boston-based Draft Kings and Fan Duel made their case in New York Supreme Court Wednesday. They argued that daily fantasy isn’t gambling, but a game of skill.

Here in Massachusetts, Attorney General Maura Healey has similar concerns, but she stopped short of banning daily fantasy sports altogether. Healey recently proposed regulations, which would prohibit people under the age of 21 from betting on fantasy sports. Governor Charlie Baker said he supports tighter restrictions.

“I think a lot of what’s in her proposal is exactly on the mark and I look forward to the comments that she’s going to get over the course of the next sixty days or so,” said Baker.

These regulations are expected to go into effect in January as state lawmakers figure out whether playing fantasy sports online is “illegal gambling.”

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