By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — The chairman of the House Gaming Oversight Committee says he’s planning to have his panel vote next week on legislation that would regulate fantasy sports in Pennsylvania.READ MORE: Several People Injured After Tree Falls During West Philadelphia High School Reunion Party At Fairmount Park
Appearing before the House Gaming Oversight Committee Tuesday morning, Doug Sherman, the Chief Counsel for the Gaming Control Board, outlined the board’s recommendations on how to regulate fantasy sports in Pennsylvania. One key recommendation:
“Authorizing Pennsylvania’s existing casinos to offer fantasy sports contests as an amenity.”READ MORE: Man Struck, Killed By Vehicle In Northeast Philadelphia: Police
But Westmoreland County Republican George Dunbar, sponsor of the House bill, favors having the gaming board directly regulate fantasy sports, and not running them through casinos. He says there are more companies than just FanDuel and DraftKings.
“And if we run it through the casinos, those smaller companies will be essentially frozen out of the market.”MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Weather: Week Starts With Muggy Conditions Before Cold Front Arrives
Another issue raised by the gaming board is whether to allow players between the ages of 18 and 21 to participate in fantasy sports.