Fantasy sports illegal in Arizona, players rooting for proposed bill and possible change

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - It's a multi-billion dollar industry Arizona can't have any part in because as of now, it's illegal. 

We're talking about fantasy sports. A Valley businesswoman is working to change that.

"Being a sports fan my whole life I thought this is going to be a fun job," said Stacie Stern.

In an industry dominated by men Stern is making her mark. She's the general manager of Head 2  Head Sports, a pay to play fantasy sports business.

"We're based here in Scottsdale but we do business all around the country and actually even in Canada," Stern said.

But the Arizona native can't do business here.

"It's one of five states that were restricted from paying cash prizes to people who would participate in our games," she said.

Right now, it's illegal to win money in Arizona from playing fantasy sports, but a bill making its way through our state legislature would change that.

"It would mean a lot to me to be able to do business in my home state and serve in my own backyard," Stern said.

Stern said it could bring big bucks to our state.

"There are approximately 900,000 Arizonans who play fantasy sports, based on current research," she said.

Senate Bill 1468 has gotten pretty solid support so far from our state lawmakers, we'll just have to wait and see if it passes this session.

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