Ohioans who fashion themselves digital Bill Belichicks or Terry Franconas could have to draft their fantasy teams themselves rather than leaving it to their computers to do the work.

The Ohio Casino Control Commission’s draft rules for fantasy sports wagering in Ohio bans players from using “autodraft,” which allows a player to enter a contest and randomly select the players on their roster in some games.

That rule would apply only to contests in which participants put money on the line and the operator takes a cut, though. Office pools and leagues among friends in which each participant pays to enter and the entire pot is paid out, for example, would not be affected, said Jessica Franks, the commission’s spokeswoman.

“It removes that skill component,” Franks said of autodrafting. “It no longer meets with the requirement of the law.”

In March 2018, the Ohio General Assembly passed a bill requiring fantasy sports operators to obtain a state license, banning contests based on youth and college sports and leaving it to the Casino Control Commission to regulate the industry.

The commission has been working on rules for more than a year and expects to vote on the final proposal on Aug. 21. Rules would be effective in early September, as millions of people set their lineups for the first Sunday of the NFL season.

The rules mostly apply to operators, such as FanDuel, DraftKings, Yahoo and other smaller businesses, in which users can pick the players they think will perform best over a period of time and compete against others. Users pay an entry fee, and the operator takes a cut — called the “rake” — and pays out the rest to top scorers.

Rules also apply only to fantasy sports. The Ohio General Assembly has not yet acted on legislation to regulate sports betting in Ohio.

If approved, the fantasy sports rules would require operators to obtain a three-year state license and pay a fee of $30,000, $15,000, $9,000 or $3,000 based on the number of players they have in Ohio. A management company license, with a fee that is half that of operators, also would be needed. Operators would have to apply for a license within 30 days after it becomes available and would be allowed to continue operating until the commission acts on the application.

Those operating contests that are free entry or not for profit would not need a license.

Operators also would have to segregate player entry fees from operating funds as a protection against players losing money if the operator’s business fails.

“There are some consumer protection items in there,” Franks said.

For example, athletes, referees and fantasy contest operators are barred from participating, and operators must offer a program for participants to institute a self-imposed ban on themselves, similar to a program in Ohio casinos.

Ohio law defines fantasy contests as games of skill, with outcomes that are not based on random or historical events. Under that definition, autodrafting would be excluded because it allows participants to randomly select players.

Franks said the rules would allow operators to apply for an exception to that rule.

Masters Fantasy Football Leagues intends to seek a waiver, said John Beese, a partner in the company based in Green. The company offers season-long fantasy contests — as opposed to daily contests offered by some larger vendors — and Beese said the skill extends beyond draft day.

Season-long participants add and drop players to their roster, trade players with other participants and make lineup decisions on a regular basis, he said.

“At end of the season they won some money but they feel like Bill Belichick because it took them 16 weeks to get through it all. They’re involved,” he said.