With the coming of State Commission’s proposal of classifying fantasy sports under online gaming, DraftKings Inc. has shown its disapproval saying they’re a growing tech company and reclassifying them as online gaming would impact their business and their ability to thrive in Boston and Massachusetts.
The voting to the meeting on Tuesday morning that was set to officially adopt the recommendations on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports Gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports by state’s Special Commission has been delayed until Monday, July 31. DraftKings made complaints to committee members and gave out statements of disapproval to media outlets.
Though the special commission doesn’t make any such recommendations, if the daily fantasy sports are considered online gaming, companies like DraftKings might have to pay heavier taxes that are levied on the casinos. They would also be required to pay hefty amounts to get the gaming licenses.
The vote to approve the recommendations was not delayed because of the complaints but because some commission members requested more time to study the reports, according to State Sen. Eileen Donoghue, a co-chair of the special commission. She further said that DraftKings falls under the category of online gaming as Massachusetts law broadly defines the term gaming and doesn’t state the difference between games of skill and games of chance.