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Maryland panel cancels meeting to discuss issues on daily fantasy sports

ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland legislative panel’s scheduled meeting to discuss concerns about daily fantasy sports was canceled Monday.

The Joint Committee on Gaming Oversight had been scheduled to meet in Annapolis Monday. No reason was given by the committee for the cancellation.

In 2012, Maryland enacted a law legalizing fantasy sports betting. But it was largely tailored to apply to small social groups that play all season long, not the new industry that regulators in other states have been grappling with in recent months.

Daily fantasy sports allow people to deposit money in accounts and create fantasy rosters of sports teams by selecting real players. They then compete to win money against other contestants based on their players’ statistical performances.

Companies like Boston-based DraftKings and New York-based FanDuel contend their websites aren’t gambling, are legal, and were exempted from a federal online gambling prohibition in 2006.