New York senator proposes raising age to 21 for online fantasy sports

New York senator proposes raising age to 21 for online fantasy sports

Article brief provided by Times Union
  • Molly Burke, Times Union
May 8, 2024 8:38 PM

New legislation seeks to address a loophole in interactive fantasy sports contests that allows adults under 21 to place money on sporting contests.

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The bill, sponsored by state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr., would raise the minimum age to participate in daily fantasy sports contests to age 21, consistent with the age allowed for mobile sports betting users. The legislation would also consider proposition-style wagers to be considered valid fantasy sports contests.

The Times Union reported in February that conflicting definitions of what constitutes “wagering” had resulted in an untold number of people ages 18 to 20 being able to place “proposition” bets — where wagers are made on players’ performances in a sporting event but not the outcome.