Fantasy Sports, Insider Trading, Legal Questions, and HeinOnline

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In addition to providing endless hours of interactive and strategic entertainment and further irritating football widows and widowers, fantasy sports are now sparking nationwide controversy and accusations of behavior akin to insider trading, according to this article from the New York Times.

Thanks to lobbying by professional sports leagues, fantasy sports are exempt from the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act because they are "games of skill" as opposed to games of chance. The games are legal in all but five states, according to this fortune.com article. However, the recent events depicted in these articles is bringing national attention to the fantasy sports industry.

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act is Title VIII of Public Law number 109-347 in the U.S. Statutes at Large, which is available from inception to current in HeinOnline. To access, click U.S. Statutes at Large from the list of available collections. Click the citation tab, and choose citation navigator:

This will open this screen, with available fields in which to enter a public law number or U.S. Statutes at Large citation:

Enter 109-347 into the Public Law Number box to access the full text of this public law, including Title VIII, which is the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.

To find additional materials in HeinOnline related to this Act, perform this full text and metadata search across all subscribed collections using the search bar located on the Welcome Page:

Add "fantasy football" to the search string to further narrow the results, which will include this 2015 Sports Lawyers Journal article.

While we might not be able to give users the inside scoop on fantasy lineups or help you when Rob Gronkowski has a bye week, HeinOnline is an excellent resource for researching both historical and current laws and related materials!

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