Is Fantasy Football Legal in the United States?


The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, which was an amendment to the larger and unrelated Safe Port Act, included “carve out” language that clarified the legality of fantasy sports. It was signed into law on October 13, 2006 by President George W. Bush.

The bill specifically exempts fantasy sports games, educational games, or any online contest that “has an outcome that reflects the relative knowledge of the participants, or their skill at physical reaction or physical manipulation (but not chance), and, in the case of a fantasy or simulation sports game, has an outcome that is determined predominantly by accumulated statistical results of sporting events, including any non-participant’s individual performances in such sporting events, and meets the following conditions:

  1. All prizes and awards offered to winning participants are established and made known to the participants in advance of the game or contest and their value is not determined by the number of participants or the amount of any fees paid by participants.
  2. All winning outcomes reflect the relative knowledge and skill of the participants and are determined predominantly by accumulated statistical results of the performance of individuals (athletes in the case of sports events) in multiple real-world sporting or other events.
  3. No winning outcome is based:
a. On the score, point spread, or any performance or performances of any single real world team or any combination of such teams; or b. Solely on any single performance of an individual athlete in any single real-world sporting or other event.”

Why is My State Unavailable When I Try to Pay for a League?

Residents of Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana or Washington are not permitted to play in Versus Fantasy Football Leagues due to legal restrictions.

When Will My League be Set Up, and How Will I Know When its Ready?

Your league will be completely setup on myfantasyleague.com once all teams have been filled, and league fees are paid in full by all owners.  You will receive an email with the link to your league once the league is set up on myfantasyleague.com.

How is the Draft Order Determined?

Once your league is filled the software on myfantasyleague.com randomly determines the draft order

Can Draft Picks Be Traded?

Yes, however check your league’s official rules for specifics.

What is the difference between a Live Draft and an Email Draft?

A Live Draft is a draft that takes place online with all teams present.  All teams picks are made all at once, and takes a matter of hours to complete.

An Email Draft is a draft that is performed online by all teams, but are long-running, and take several days/weeks to complete

Will my Email Draft be completed before Week 1 Kickoff?

Yes.  We will not schedule any email drafts that we don’t think can be completed before Week 1 Kickoff.  The commissioner will make sure the draft moves along at a swift pace.

What if I have any questions, or are uncertain of how to join a league?

CONTACT US!  We will gladly take your call, or respond via email in a timely manner.

What if my league does not fill?

You will be refunded 100% if your league does fill in time.  You can also choose to move to another league draft if there is one on the schedule.

What are the differences between Re-Draft, Dynasty, Keeper, Ultimate GM, Versus 160, and GO! Leagues?

  • Re-Draft Leagues:  Re-Draft Leagues are the most common and popular leagues in the World of Fantasy Football.  Each team starts on a level playing field each and every year.  New players are drafted every year, and no players are retained from year to year.  Re-draft leagues make the fantasy draft more entertaining since the best players in the league are always available.  The teams who finish at the bottom will start fresh the next year without having to retain a bad roster from having a bad draft.
  • Dynasty Leagues:  In Dynasty Leagues teams retain all of their players from year to year.  Dynasty leagues can be challenging as you have to consider how your players will perform now and for the future years to come.  Dynasty Leagues seem to appeal more to hard-core fantasy footballers, but they can be great fun for all skill levels.
  • Keeper Leagues:  In Keeper Leagues each team retains 5 players from year to year.  Teams can keep any 5 players they wish no matter the position.  There are no limits on how many of each position you can keep.  Keeper leagues are a nice in-between of Re-draft and Dynasty leagues as some people like the idea of creating a team legacy to carry from year to year, but still want an enjoyable fantasy draft experience.
  • Ultimate GM Leagues:  Versus Ultimate GM Leagues are a different twist on Dynasty Leagues, and consist of 32 teams per league (16 Teams per Conference), and 53 man rosters to mimic the NFL. To allow for a conventional level of starters there are two copies of each player per league.  Only one copy of each player may be owned per team.  Before joining a Versus Ultimate GM League please know we are looking for serious owners who are in it for the long haul.  1st and 2nd years’ entry fees will be due when you join a league.  These leagues are the best format for any die-hard, hard-core fantasy footballers.
  • Versus 160 Leagues:  OUR VERY OWN Versus 160 Leagues are a hybrid format taking elements from both Re-Draft leagues and Daily Leagues.  Draft your team of 16 players at the beginning of the year, and run it like a normal Re-Draft team using the Waiver Wire and Trading.  Instead of competing for the playoffs at the end of the year, you compete for highest weekly point total weeks 1 through 16.  There will be 10 Leagues of 16 Teams each that hold their drafts separately (160 Teams), and you compete against the other 159 teams weekly for high point total.  Versus 160 Leagues use a FLEX Player in place of the KICKER position.  These are deep leagues consisting of 16 teams per league, so you will need to get to know players beyond the usual top 200.
  • GO! Leagues:  GO! Leagues are similar to Re-Draft Leagues as you draft a new team from year to year, however Versus GO! Leagues allocate players by draft, and then no further team owner moves are allowed/needed. Each week the best possible lineup is counted automatically by the league software. Total points for weeks 1-16 determine the league winners. These leagues are one year in duration.  No trades.  No waivers.  No Lineups.  Just GO!

What are the differences between Standard, Flex, Super-Flex, and IDP Lineups?

  • Standard Lineup:  A standard lineup consists of 9 starting players consisting of 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 D/ST.  This is the most common type of lineup used in most leagues
  • FLEX Lineup:  A FLEX Lineup consists of 10 starting players, and has the same base starting formation as a Standard Lineup ( 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 K, and 1 D/ST), but you are also able to start an additional player (called the FLEX).  This player can be either a RB, WR, or TE.  There are many different types of flex lineups, but this is the style that Versus Fantasy Football feels is the best.
  • SUPER-FLEX Lineup:  Commonly called 2QB Leagues, the SUPER-FLEX lineup consists of the same formation as a FLEX Lineup; But the kicker is your FLEX spot can consist of another QB in addition to a RB, WR, or TE.  QB’s are traditionally the highest scoring position, so having 2 good QB’s is crucial for success.
  • IDP Lineup:  IDP stands for Individual Defensive Player.  The offensive player lineup is the same as a FLEX Lineup, but in addition to the offensive players you also start Defensive Tackles, Defensive Ends, Linebackers, Safeties, and Cornerbacks.  Having knowledge of all NFL Teams’ defensive players and formations is key to succeeding in IDP Leagues, but not necessary either.  Try out our $50 Re-Draft IDP Leagues to get your feet wet.  IDP Leagues are a lot of fun, but do require a bit more player studying prior to your draft.

What Happens if an Owner Quits or Becomes Inactive Mid-Season?

If a team leaves or becomes inactive during the season Versus will take over the team, and run it to the best of our ability.  If you feel a team in your league has quit during the season please contact the commissioner.

When Do League Winners Get Paid?

Versus will mail out checks within 20 days of season end for all leagues.

Do You Withhold Any Applicable Taxes?

Versus does not withhold any taxes from your winnings.  You are responsible to report your winnings.  If you win $600 or more you must provide Versus Fantasy Football with your social security number, and home address before winnings can be sent to you.  This is needed so Versus Fantasy Football can file a 1099-MISC with the Internal Revenue Service.  If you do not provide us with your social security number you will be treated as a “Foreign National” and 28% of your winnings will be withheld for tax purposes.








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