Mass Gov. Baker: Fantasy sports game of skill, not gambling

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2015, photo, workers set up a DraftKings promotions tent in the parking lot of Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Mass., before an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and New York Jets. New York's attorney general on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, ordered the daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel to stop accepting bets in the state, saying their operations amount to illegal gambling. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

BOSTON (AP) – Gov. Charlie Baker says he does not consider daily fantasy sports to be a form of gambling.

The Republican, responding to a reporter’s question, said he believes it’s a game of skill. He says he played a free game online to get a sense of what it was about.

The state’s Democratic attorney general, Maura Healey, is considering what rules and regulations for websites such as Boston-based DraftKings and FanDuel if they’re to continue operating in Massachusetts.

Healey said Wednesday she believes daily fantasy sports is a form of gambling, though not necessarily illegal gambling.

DraftKings and FanDuel are challenging the New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s order to stop taking bets in that state. He issued a decision that FanDuel and DraftKings are illegal gambling operations.

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