Daily fantasy sports sites support Illinois regulation plan

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Several daily fantasy sports sites are supporting an Illinois House plan to regulate contested online sports betting.

Online daily sites Boston-based DraftKings and New York-based FanDuel and some Illinois-based companies announced support for a proposal sponsored by Democratic Rep. Mike Zalewski at the Capitol on Thursday.

The Fantasy Sports Trade Association chairman has said Illinois’ more than 2 million fantasy sports participants deserve clarity in the law on the right to play.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued an opinion in December saying the sites were illegal. The companies argued the opinion could destroy a “legitimate industry” allowed by state law. Chicago-based company Side Leagues has said they’ve stopped contests because of pending litigation.

Virginia lawmakers sent their governor legislation regulating the sites.

Six states have banned DraftKings and FanDuel.

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