This is the primary focus in the newly developed debate between New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and multi-billion dollar sports fantasy moguls FanDuel and DraftKings. This case revolves around the state having the burden to prove chance is a material factor in fantasy sports, which would consequently make it illegal.
Personally, I think FanDuel and DraftKings should give Schneiderman a free ticket so we can witness him pick a “lucky” million-dollar lineup.
Schneiderman stated: “It is clear that DraftKings and FanDuel are the leaders of a massive, multibillion-dollar scheme intended to evade the law and fleece sports fans across the country…Today we have sent a clear message: not in New York, and not on my watch.” Really? Apparently Mr. Shneiderman isn’t much of a sports fan. FanDuel responded with it’s own statement: “Fantasy sports is a game of skill and legal under New York state law. This is a politician telling hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers they are not allowed to play a game they love and share with friends, family, co-workers and players across the country.”
Cease-and-desist orders were issued to both corporations but don’t expect these “Big Time” players to be ousted without a fight; this is just round 1 of long bloody battle given what’s at stake. FanDuel and DraftKings have already sent out thousands of emails to loyal fans asking them to contact the Attorney General to protect their rights to keep playing daily fantasy sports. If FanDuel and DraftKings lose this fight, this can potentially result in a subsequent catastrophic domino effect with other states not far behind. Nevada, the “gambling capital” of the country, has already ruled last month that daily fantasy sports should be considered gambling due to the “lack of skill” required to play and ordered the suspension of operations without obtaining a state license. Further, a Florida grand jury has subpoenaed records of the fantasy sports trade group and the Boston F.B.I. division has begun interviews with fantasy players regarding “insider trading.”
Another argument raised is that of gambling addiction? If this is the case, Vegas and Atlantic City should have been shut down years ago. This N.Y. Attorney General along with the rest of these bureaucrats need to loosen up and let the millions of sports lovers out there utilize their knowledge in applying their SKILLS while watching their favorite past times.
Therefore, as stated above, the day I see Schneiderman “luckily” pick his $1 million lineup will be the day I’m convinced SKILL is not a factor within these games.