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Md. General Assembly to Tackle Fantasy Football?

Bill would exempt fantasy football from state gambling laws



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    It's become a staple of the football season, but Maryland residents that play fantasy football for cash are breaking the law.

    Fantasy football is an $800 million industy nationwide. But if you play for money in Maryland, you're technically breaking the law.

    Maryland is one of at least four states that prohibits residents from earning a prize in a paid league.    

    A Baltimore County lawmaker is trying to change that with Bill H.R. 7 in the Maryland General Assembly.

    "My bill would allow Marylanders the ability to enjoy the same rights that others around the country currently enjoy," Delegate John Olszewski , Jr. told Patch.

    Olszewski first introduced the bill in 2009. It didn't have opposition, but neither was the bill put to a committee vote.