2019 - 2020 LEGISLATURE
October 14, 2019 - Introduced by Representatives Vorpagel, Brostoff and Sinicki,
cosponsored by Senators Feyen and L. Taylor. Referred to Committee on
1An Act to amend
945.01 (1) (b); and
chapter 570 of the statutes; 2relating to: registration of fantasy contest operators, requiring the exercise of
3rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires fantasy contest operators to register with the Department of
Financial Institutions to operate in this state and imposes certain requirements on
fantasy contest operators as specified in the bill. “Fantasy contest" is defined in the
bill as being a fantasy or simulation game or contest in which one or more players
compete against each other and a winning outcome reflects the relative knowledge
and skill of fantasy contest players and is determined predominantly by
accumulated statistical results of the performance of individuals, including athletes
in the case of sporting events. To obtain an initial registration, a fantasy contest
operator must become authorized to transact business in this state, apply to DFI and
submit evidence that the fantasy contest operator complies or will comply with
requirements specified in the bill, and pay the initial registration fee. The fantasy
contest operator must renew this registration annually.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
Chapter 570 of the statutes is created to read:
In this chapter:
“Confidential information" means information related to the playing of a 6
fantasy contest by a fantasy contest player that is obtained because of a person's 7
employment with or work as an agent for a fantasy contest operator.
“Department" means the department of financial institutions.
“Entry fee” means cash or cash equivalent that is required to be paid by a 10
fantasy contest player to a fantasy contest operator in order to participate in a 11
“Fantasy contest" means a fantasy or simulation game or contest in which 13
one or more players compete against each other, and a winning outcome reflects the 14
relative knowledge and skill of fantasy contest players and is determined 15
predominantly by accumulated statistical results of the performance of individuals, 16
including athletes in the case of sporting events.
“Fantasy contest operator" means a person that offers to the general public 18
a fantasy contest with an entry fee for a cash prize.
“Fantasy contest player" means a person who participates in a fantasy 20
contest offered by a fantasy contest operator.
“Location percentage” means, for each fantasy contest, the percentage, 22
rounded to the nearest one-tenth of 1 percent, of the total entry fees collected from 23
fantasy contest players located in this state at the time of entry into a fantasy contest, 24
divided by the total entry fees collected from all players in fantasy contests 25
regardless of location.
“Net revenue” means, for each fantasy contest, the amount equal to the total 2
entry fees collected from all participants entering fantasy sports contests less the 3
winnings paid to fantasy contest players in the fantasy contests, with that result 4
multiplied by the location percentage.
5570.05 Fantasy contest operator registration. (1) Registration required. 6
No fantasy contest operator may offer a fantasy contest in this state without first 7
registering with the department.
8(2) Initial registration application.
(a) In order to obtain initial registration 9
from the department, a fantasy contest operator shall do all of the following:
1. Become authorized to transact business in this state.
2. Apply to the department on forms required by and in the manner authorized 12
by the department.
3. Submit evidence that the fantasy contest operator complies or will comply 14
with s. 570.20.
4. Pay to the department the initial registration fee of 3 percent of the net 16
revenue earned by the fantasy contest operator in the previous year, not to exceed 17
$10,000, or, if the fantasy contest operator did not earn net revenue in the previous 18
(b) The department shall issue a registration to an applicant that complies with 20
this subsection and other requirements in this chapter. The department shall issue 21
to a fantasy contest operator a registration under this subsection within 60 days of 22
receipt of the application or shall provide justification to the fantasy contest operator 23
for denying the registration.
24(3) Renewal registration; operation pending renewal.
(a) To continue 25
offering fantasy contests, a fantasy contest operator shall renew its registration
annually in the manner required by the department and shall pay an annual renewal 2
of registration fee of 3 percent of the net revenue earned by the fantasy contest 3
operator during the previous registration period. The department may not refund 4
any annual renewal registration fee.
(b) A fantasy contest operator that applies for renewal of registration may 6
continue to offer fantasy contests in this state while the renewal is pending unless 7
the department has reasonable cause to believe that the fantasy contest operator is 8
in violation of this chapter and requires the fantasy contest operator to suspend 9
fantasy contests until renewal is granted.
(c) The department shall require a fantasy contest operator that has allowed 11
its registration to lapse to resubmit an initial registration application under sub. (2), 12
unless the department grants a written request by the fantasy contest operator for 13
an extension to submit a renewal application.
14(4) Transfer of registration.
A fantasy contest operator may transfer 15
registration under this section upon a change in ownership. A fantasy contest 16
operator shall report to the department a change in ownership within 20 days of the 17
18570.10 Departmental powers and duties. (1) Required rule making. 19
Except as provided in sub. (2), the department shall promulgate rules to implement 20
this chapter, including rules to do all of the following:
(a) Administer this chapter.
(b) Protect the best interests of fantasy contest players and prevent practices 23
that are detrimental to the public interest.
(c) Allow for review of the registration applications for fantasy contest 25
(d) Impose penalties for noncriminal violations of this chapter.
2(2) Prohibited rule making.
The department may not promulgate rules to limit 3
or regulate any of the following:
(a) The fantasy contest operator's rules for the administration of an individual 5
(b) The statistical makeup of the contest.
(c) The digital platform used by a fantasy contest operator.
8570.20 Fantasy contest operator requirements. (1)
As a condition of 9
obtaining registration from the department, a fantasy contest operator shall 10
implement commercially reasonable procedures that are intended to do all of the 11
Prevent employees of or relatives living in the same household as an 13
employee of a fantasy contest operator from competing in a fantasy contest in which 14
the fantasy contest operator offers a cash prize to the general public.
Prohibit the fantasy contest operator from participating in any fantasy 16
contest that he or she offers.
Prevent the employees or agents of the fantasy contest operator from 18
sharing confidential information with 3rd parties that could affect fantasy contest 19
play until the information is made publicly available.
Ensure that no winning outcome of a fantasy contest is based on the score, 21
point spread, or any performance of any single actual sports team or combination of 22
sports teams or solely on a single performance of an individual athlete or participant 23
in any single actual sporting event.
Prohibit all of the following persons from participating in a fantasy contest:
1. Athletes or individuals who participate or officiate in a game or competition 2
that is the subject of a fantasy contest based on the sport or competition in which the 3
athletes or individuals participate or are otherwise associated.
2. Any sports agent, team employee, referee, or league official associated with 5
a sport or athletic event or competition on which a fantasy contest is based.