Sid Salter: Are fantasy sports gambling? Absolutely

But are fantasy sports considered gambling by a substantial portion of the people who play it? Absolutely. Ask Joe Asher, operator of Nevada sports book operator William Hill U.S., who told the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2015, “You put up of something of value, cash, to win something of value, cash. It’s the classic definition of gambling.”

A bill that would make playing fantasy sports legal in Mississippi is now awaiting Gov. Phil Bryant’s signature. Earlier in the 2016 session, the bill was amended to include authorization of a lottery in Mississippi — something that has been bouncing around Mississippi’s political landscape for the last 25 years or so.

Clarion Ledger
5/1/16