A fantasy contest operator who operates fantasy contests with an entry fee shall implement commercially reasonable procedures that are intended to accomplish all of the following:

Terms Used In Alabama Code 8-19F-4

  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • following: means next after. See Alabama Code 1-1-1
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 1-1-1

(1) Prevent the fantasy contest operator, employees of the fantasy contest operator, and relatives living in the same household as the employees, from competing in any public fantasy contest offered by any fantasy contest operator in which the operator offers a cash prize to the general public.

(2) Prevent sharing of confidential information that could affect fantasy contest play with third parties until information is made publicly available.

(3) Verify that a fantasy contest player in a fantasy contest is 19 years of age or older.

(4) Prevent the fantasy contest operator from offering contests based on the performances of participants in high school or youth athletic events.

(5) Prevent the fantasy contest operator from offering a fantasy contest open to the general public that does not establish and make known all prizes and awards offered to winning participants in advance of the game or contest.

(6) Provide that no winning outcome is based on the score, point spread, or any performance of any single actual sports team or combination of teams or solely on any single performance of an individual athlete or participant in any single actual event.

(7) Ensure that an individual who is a player in a real-world game or sporting event is restricted from participating in a fantasy contest that is determined, in whole or in part, on the accumulated statistical results of that player, the player’s real-world team, or the sport or competition for which he or she is a player.

(8) Allow individuals to restrict themselves from entering a fantasy contest upon request and provide reasonable steps to prevent the person from entering fantasy contests offered by the fantasy contest operator.

(9) Disclose the number of entries that a fantasy contest player may submit to each fantasy contest and provide reasonable steps to prevent players from submitting more than the allowable number.

(10) Segregate fantasy contest player funds from operational funds or maintain a reserve that equals or exceeds the amount of player funds on deposit, which reserve may not be used for operational activities. These reserve funds may take the form of cash, cash equivalents, an irrevocable letter of credit, a bond, payment processor reserves and receivables, or a combination thereof, in the amount that shall exceed the total balances of the fantasy contest players’ accounts.

(11) A fantasy contest operator offering fantasy contests with an entry fee in this state shall contract with a third party to annually perform an independent audit, consistent with the standards established by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, to ensure compliance with this chapter and shall submit the results of the audit to the regulator within 270 days of the end of the operator’s fiscal year.

(12) A fantasy contest operator offering fantasy contests with an entry fee in this state shall not target minors or other excluded players in any advertising.

(Act 2019-343, §4.)