Skill or chance? New Jersey debates nature of fantasy sports

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — If New Jersey decides that daily fantasy sports constitute gambling, the state's voters may have to decide whether to amend the Constitution to permit it.

A state Assembly committee is hearing testimony Monday from industry executives, who contend they are games of skill.

Assemblyman Ralph Caputo and Monmouth University legal professor Greg Bordelon say that a Constitutional amendment might be needed if the state classifies fantasy sports as gambling, or as games of chance.

That would in effect spread gambling beyond Atlantic City, requiring an amendment.

Numerous states are moving to regulate daily fantasy sports, including popular sites like FanDuel and DraftKings.

In New Jersey, some lawmakers are wary of doing anything that might hurt the state's ongoing legal battle to become one of a few states to allow sports betting.