Rhode Island attorney general: Daily fantasy sports legal

BY foxsports • February 4, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Rhode Island's attorney general says daily fantasy sports are legal under state law.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Thursday he conducted a review and has forwarded the findings to fellow Democrats Gov. Gina Raimondo (ray-MAHN'-doh), Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

Daily fantasy sports participants put together virtual teams based on real players and compete for points based on the players' statistics. Attorneys general in several states have found the games are illegal.

Kilmartin says in Rhode Island the question depends on whether chance is a dominant factor in determining how prizes are distributed. He finds daily fantasy sports are a mixture of chance and skill and are therefore allowed. He's encouraging lawmakers to establish regulations.

Boston-based fantasy sports website DraftKings says it's pleased and it's working with Rhode Island legislators to enact ''appropriate regulations.''