Fantasy sports betting is illegal in Tennessee, attorney general says

Herbert Slatery gestures to supporters after his appointment as attorney general in the Tennessee Supreme Court chamber in Nashville.

NASHVILLE - State Attorney General Herbert Slatery says fantasy sports gambling is illegal in Tennessee and both the companies and potentially hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans who are playing are breaking state law.

The opinion comes as state lawmakers move to legalize gambling on the games offered by companies such as DraftKings and Fan Duel.

Senators last month approved the bill and the House companion measure is scheduled to come up today in the House Finance Committee.

In his opinion, Slatery said Tennessee law strictly defines gambling as prize, chance and consideration and has few exceptions.

Fantasy sports gambling does not fit into them, he says.

Companies allow participants to pick individual players from professional sports teams and create a "fantasy" teams that competes swith similar teams created by other players.