Fantasy Sports Go Political

The Fantasy Sports Trade Association has hired its first federal lobbyist as part of a political campaign to protect its financial interests and to expand into states that ban betting (even on fictional team). Now fantasy sports have officially joined politics in the real world.

Fantasy sport leagues exist in a variety of sports including football, baseball, basketball, hockey and more. In these leagues, fans are allowed to created mock teams of real-life players who will compete in pretend franchises. They are a big part of American sports and growing more in popularity and size with each year and season.

Travis McCoy registered to lobby on the Fantasy Sports Trade Association’s behalf in May and says, “We are trying to allow people to play their games and have a good time.”

McCoy is a former aide to House Speaker John Boehner and treasurer of the association’s newly formed PAC. He is also an avid fantasy football, baseball, basketball and hockey player so he understands what these type of sports really mean to the fan.