Sports Betting In, Daily Fantasy Sports Out
We’ve heard a lot about the recent decision to put an NFL franchise directly in the heart of Sin City. The move to Las Vegas has brought lots of questions to the forefront of bettors’ minds, like whether or not Vegas sportsbooks will be able to create lines on Raiders’ games or if sports betting, which is legal in the state, would be permitted in the stadium.
One question that not many people have thought of, though, is where Daily Fantasy Sports will fall into the mix. See, sports betting might be legal in Nevada, but using DFS companies DraftKings and FanDuel is not.
Wait, Daily Fantasy Sports Is Illegal In Las Vegas?
This is an interesting question. There were some concerns raised after verbiage in the lease made it seem like sports betting, even mobile sports betting, would be banned from the stadium. After a brief bout of worry, it became clear that the language in the lease only applied to vendors in the stadium. Bettors would still be able to access sportsbooks in the state with mobile sites from their phones, they just wouldn’t be able to walk up to a kiosk and place a bet.
On top of that, the NFL has stated that they do not intend to pursue action that would remove the Raiders’ from sportsbooks in the state. They also wouldn’t block bets from being placed in the stadium. As the team isn’t set to move to Las Vegas until the structure is completed, though, there’s still plenty of time for the NFL and Goodell to change their tune.
As of now, though, it appears that sports betting will take place in the stadium. But with the current lack of DFS in the state, there won’t be any way to play paid-entry daily fantasy sports. And unless the companies apply for a gaming license in the state, it will remain that way. Not only would licensing cost the companies lots of money, but it will also give legitimacy to the idea that DFS is sports betting, an idea they’ve been fighting in state legislatures all over the country this past year.
So, LegalBettingSites.com thinks this situation is pretty weird. The NFL is a long-standing opponent of legal US sports gambling. So sports betting will take place on an NFL game in an NFL stadium. The NFL works in tandem with Daily Fantasy Sports, promoting it at professional games across the country. Teams have even worked out sponsorship deals with the companies. So DFS, naturally, is not allowed in this NFL stadium. Makes sense, right?
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