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Fantasy Sports Industry Complains About State Fees


Smaller companies in the exploding fantasy sports industry say they could be shut out of doing business in some states by legislation that is actually intended to recognize the games' legality.

Their concern is the ability to pay fees states are charging for the right to offer the games. Virginia's governor signed a bill this month that authorizes fantasy contests but requires operators to pay a $50,000 annual registration fee to the state.

On Friday, Indiana's governor signed a bill charging companies a one-time licensing fee of $50,000 with a $5,000 annual renewal fee. Other states are considering legislation along the same lines, with a New York state proposal calling for a whopping initial fee of $500,000.

Don Rush is the News Director at Delmarva Public Media. An award-winning journalist, Don reports major local issues of the day, from sea level rise, to urban development, to the changing demographics of Delmarva.