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Mazzeo, Caputo & Burzichelli Bill to Regulate Fantasy Sports Activities in NJ to Better Protect Consumers Clears Assembly

(TRENTON) - A bill sponsored by Assemblymen Vince Mazzeo (D-Atlantic), Ralph Caputo (D-Essex) and John Burzichelli (D-Cumberland/Gloucester/Salem) to officially allow fantasy sports games in New Jersey to better protect consumers was approved Monday by the full Assembly.

While New Jersey residents currently participate in large-scale commercial fantasy sports activities, it is not expressly authorized and therefore not regulated. Investigation of the fantasy sports industry in other states has revealed questionable behavior by some employees of fantasy sports operators, enabled by lack of regulation. This bill would provide needed oversight to protect consumers.

"The fantasy sports industry is a growing market year after year. The time is right for New Jersey to enter the fold with regulations aimed at providing strong consumer protections for our residents," said Mazzeo. "This legislation not only protects consumers, but promotes a positive business environment for fantasy sports operators and their thousands of New Jersey customers."

The bill would regulate large-scale commercial fantasy sports activities, defined as fantasy or simulated activities or contests with an entry fee in which a participant owns or manages an imaginary team and competes against other participants or a target score for a predetermined prize. The bill does not limit small-scale season long fantasy sports activities conducted amongst family and friends.

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