Senator Who Introduced Fantasy Sports Exemption Doesn’t Remember It

More than 17 years after introducing the first amendment in Congress to exempt fantasy sports from federal Internet gambling laws, former U.S. Senator Richard Bryan of Nevada says he does not remember doing it.

“I didn’t realize I was the one who offered the amendment. If that’s what the record reflects, I don’t quarrel with it,” Bryan told GamblingCompliance in a recent phone interview. 

His primary motivation, Bryan said, was to pass legislation to ban Internet gambling and he simply wanted to remove fantasy sports as a potential distraction.

“Even then, thousands of people enjoyed playing fantasy sports,” Bryan said. 

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