Pending legislation in the U.S. Senate may outlaw online fantasy baseball leagues that charge an admission fee and award prizes to top players. The bill sponsored by Sen. Jon Kyl (R., Ariz.) would subject offenders to possible prosecution and a maximum penalty of three months in prison and a $500 fine. Sen. Kyl's bill is designed to take offline gambling laws onto the Internet. Many Web sites, including MSNBC, ESPN's SportsZone, CBS Sportsline, USA Today and The Sporting News, run paid fantasy league games. The bill is expected to reach the floor of the Senate sometime this spring; opponents are trying to get parts of the bill rewritten before then.
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