Fantasy sports: If you play in Ohio, you may be breaking the law. New bill would change that

COLUMBUS - Thousands, maybe even millions, of Ohioans pay money to play daily fantasy sports contests online.

They might be breaking Ohio's gambling laws, many of which were written before online games exploded in popularity nationwide.

After crackdowns on fantasy sports in states such as New York, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office examined the state's rules on daily fantasy sports. The lawyers' conclusion: Maybe they are legal. Maybe they aren't. A court would likely have to decide. 

Uncertainty about the legality of these games has operators such as New York City-based FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings concerned. That ambiguity also worries teams such as the Reds, which has a marketing partnership with DraftKings. Lawmakers have a plan to legalize these fantasy sports, but not everyone is on board.  

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