Daily sports betting suspended in Idaho

Posted at 11:34 AM, May 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-02 19:26:13-04

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has made an agreement with popular daily fantasy sports betting outlets Draft Kings and Fan Duel to suspend operations in the Gem State.

Effective last Sunday, both sites will stop providing paid contests to Idahoans. This affects fantasy contests for all major sports, including basketball, baseball, and football.

The AG began investigating the betting sites in January to see if they comply with the Idaho State Constitution. The law prohibits gambling of any sort outside of the state lottery, raffles, and para-mutuel wagering.

"The concern I have is that the paid daily sports offerings provided by these companies constitute gambling under Idaho law," said Wasden, "I have a duty to enforce and uphold that law. I commend the companies for negotiating in good faith and agreeing not to make these contests available in Idaho."

The sites can still operate in Idaho, under limited terms. The agreement allows them to conduct free fantasy sports leagues. Also, the fantasy betting sites can restart paid fantasy sports activities, provided they give Wasden a 30 day notice.

The agreement is not an admission of guilt to wrongdoing by either daily fantasy sport outlet, according to Wasden, meaning there will be no prosecution at this time.