Fantasy Player's Letter To Pennsylvania Senator Charles McIlhinney
Dear Mr Mcilhinney,
I am writing to you today as a constituent of your district in reference to house bill HB2150 which will in part govern Fantasy sports in PA. I have taken the time to do some research on the bill and the Memorandum preceding the bill’s introduction and while I agree in most facets of the bill and the points representative Dunbar makes in his memorandum dated June 3 there are serious implications for the smaller operators of fantasy sports gaming that need to be considered in the broad language contained in this bill.
I do not claim to have the expertise in the legalese presented in the bill, I am relying on the expertise of a group that represents those operators and they have informed the players of Pennsylvania that this bill will in essence prohibit them from operating in Pennsylvania due to onerous regulations, high taxes and fees. They are requesting that a small business clause be added or language that exempts season-long fantasy football games be included in the bill. If this bill passes as is operators that run , the FFPC (www.myffpc.com) and similar size Fantasy sports competitions would be forced to BAN PENNSYLVANIA players from playing our online leagues and contests. The bill and representative Dunbars comments and observations are strongly based on the operations and marketing of the daily fantasy sites Draft Kings and Fanduel. Due to scale and game type those companies are much more well equipped and positioned to handle this legislation. The competitive, skill and addictive aspects inherent in “daily” fantasy is vastly different than those in a season long competition.
What I am asking is that before you vote in this matter please purse proper diligence to understand the reach and ramifications of the bill. If you or your staff can take the time to reach out to the SBFSTA (Small Business of Fantasy Sports Trade Association - www.sbfsta.org) they could provide answers to more detailed questions or more context around how this bill will negatively impact those operators and force them to withdrawn or ban participants from this state. You are invited to even reach out to the SBFSTA executive director Steve Brusker at 217/306-1791.
I have been a commissioner running and participating in season long fantasy football leagues since 1996 with coworkers and friends. I have also been doing the same for over 15 years via online operators, generating long distance friendships and camaraderie over that span. I also participate in the Daily fantasy space with accounts at Draftings and Fanduel the meteoric rise and money involved in the Daily Fantasy space and with those companies definitely warrants the attention of lawmakers to make sure appropriate consumer protections are in place. My fear is the smaller operators generally conducting the more skilled seasonal competitions is being ignored in the undertow of the legislation that is being presented and the long term generally more responsible players of season long competitions will be the ones that suffer when their games are taken away.
Again please reach out to the SBFSTA to make sure you are fully prepared to vote knowledgeably on the HB2150 bill.
Thank you for your time and attention in this matter.
(lifetime PA resident but new resident of Sellersville / Hilltown PA)
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