H. R. 967
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 9, 2023
Mr. Tonko introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To prohibit the advertising of sportsbooks on any medium of electronic communication subject to the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Betting on Our Future Act.
Prohibition on advertising of sportsbooks on certain media of electronic communication
It shall be unlawful to advertise a sportsbook on any medium of electronic communication subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission.
Implementation and enforcement
The Commission shall implement and enforce this section as if this section is a part of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 151 et seq.). A violation of this section, or a regulation promulgated under this section, shall be considered to be a violation of the Communications Act of 1934, or a regulation promulgated under such Act, respectively.
In this section:
Commission means the Federal Communications Commission.
sporting event includes a fantasy or simulation sports game or contest.
Sports bet or wager
sports bet or wager—
means the staking or risking by any person of something of value upon the outcome of a sporting event, upon an agreement or understanding that the person or another person will receive something of value in the event of a certain outcome;
includes any scheme of a type described in section 3702 of title 28, United States Code; and
does not include participation in any game or contest in which participants do not stake or risk anything of value other than—
personal efforts of the participants in playing the game or contest or obtaining access to the internet; or
points or credits that the sponsor of the game or contest provides to participants free of charge and that can be used or redeemed only for participation in games or contests offered by the sponsor.
sportsbook means a person who is engaged in the business of—
taking sports bets or wagers; and
paying out winnings.