Is Fantasy Golf Tour Legal? The answer is YES
Fantasy Sports are considered a game of skill and received a specific exemption from the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act. Fantasy Golf Tour uses exactly same rules as any other season long fantasy sports game, the only difference is that our typical contest last only a week.
The laws relating to fantasy sports varies by State however in the vast majority of them fantasy sports is considered a game of skill and therefore legal. In most States a game of skill is classed as game where skill is the predominant factor in determining the winner. The States where our lawyers believe the law is unclear or questionable about the legality of fantasy sports are Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Montana or Vermont. Therefore we do not offer paid entry games to residents of those States, you can however, still play in our Free Contest.
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, which was an amendment to the larger and unrelated SAFE Port Act, included "carve out" language that clarified the legality of fantasy sports. It was signed into law on October 13, 2006 by President George W. Bush. The act makes transactions from banks or similar institutions to online gambling sites illegal, with the notable exceptions of fantasy sports, online lotteries and horse/harness racing. The law included a carve out that clarified the legality of fantasy sports. Specifically, it exempted: "participation in any fantasy or simulation sports game or educational game or contest in which (if the game or contest involves a team or teams) no fantasy or simulation team is based on the current membership of an actual team that is a member of an amateur or professional sports organization and meets the following conditions: (i.) All prizes and awards offered to winning participants are established and made known to the participants in advance of the game or contest and their value is not determined by the number of participants or the amount of any fees paid by participants. (ii.) All winning outcomes reflect the relative knowledge and skill of the participants and are determined predominantly by accumulated statistical results of the performance of individuals (athletes in the case of sports events) in multiple real-world sporting or other events. (iii.) No winning outcome is based: (a.) on the score, point spread, or any performance or performances of any single real world team or any combination of such teams; or (b.) Solely on any single performance of an individual athlete in any single real-world sporting or other event."
Simply put; The bill specifically exempts fantasy sports games, educational games, or any online contest that "has an outcome that reflects the relative knowledge of the participants, or their skill at physical reaction or physical manipulation (but not chance), and, in the case of a fantasy or simulation sports game, has an outcome that is determined predominantly by accumulated statistical results of sporting events, including any non-participant's individual performances in such sporting events. However, all prizing must be determined in advance of the competition and cannot be influenced by the fees or number of participants: "prizes and awards offered to winning participants are established and made known to the participants in advance of the game or contest and their value is not determined by the number of participants or the amount of any fees paid by those participants.
Weekly games like Fantasy Golf Tour are a new variant of fantasy sports having only started to appear in the last couple of years. Major networks such as NBC, Comcast and Fox have launched their own versions of daily draft fantasy sports games. FantasyGolfTour.com takes the legal status of the games it offers very seriously and does its utmost to ensure compliance with existing State and Federal laws. For more information please refer to our terms. If you have any further concerns about the legality of our games please do get in touch.
It's estimated by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association that 35 million people age 18 and above in the U.S. and Canada played fantasy sports in 2011. Participation has grown over 60 percent the past four years with 19 percent of males in the U.S. playing fantasy sports. A prior study by the FSTA showed 19.4 million people age 18 and above in the U.S. and Canada played fantasy sports in 2006 and 34.5 million people had ever played fantasy sports. Fantasy Sports is estimated to have a $3–$4 Billion annual economic impact across the sports industry.