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The New York Attorney General has filed an enforcement action detailing what he says are violations committed by Daily Fantasy Sports powerhouses FanDuel and DraftKings. Both companies were ordered to cease taking bets form New York state citizens last week.
The following are excerpts of the memorandum of law filed by the Office of the Attorney General:
While it is a state with a small population, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley issued a statement Friday saying there will be a meeting on Wednesday to determine how his state should respond to New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s declaration that Daily Fantasy Sports is a form of illegal gambling.
"Federal law, the state in which a wager is made and the state in which a wager is received may have jurisdiction over the matter," he said on the news release.
Appearing on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” Friday afternoon, DraftKings co-founder Jason Robins said he is optimistic that his company can continue operating in New York State despite the Attorney General there demanding they stop taking bets from NY residents.
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Robins would not talk about the prospects of winning.
“We feel very confident.”
DraftKings CEO Jason Robins will be making an appearance on ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” to discuss the New York State Attorney General’s decision to ban his company and FanDuel from taking bets there. The show will air at 1:30 pm EST.
DraftKings.com has one powerful politician its corner. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says he believes DraftKings is a “game of skill” and admitted to playing the free version of their site on his phone this past weekend.
“I don’t think it’s gambling,” he said on Thursday, according to Boston Herald’s Matt Stout. “It’s a game of skill.”
DraftKings is based out of Massachusetts capital and largest city of Boston.
“I’m convinced it’s legal in Massachusetts,” he said on WGBH radio.
Daily fantasy sports sites FanDuel and DraftKings are prepared to fight in court against New York state's top prosecutor, who said that they were running illegal gambling operations and ordered them to stop taking bets in the state.
DraftKings called the cease and desist order issued by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Tuesday "hasty and uninformed" and said it was prepared to mount a legal challenge so the company could continue operating in the state.
While a handful of state commissions and attorney generals have opted to investigation the explosive Daily Fantasy Sports sector following allegations of insider trading and possible violations of state gambling laws, the U.S. Congress has indicated there is little interest in tackling the issue, at least not in the near term.
There are, after all, more pressing priorities.
When DFS911.com assisted with the promotion and other aspects of the first ever Daily Fantasy Sports Expo in Miami Beach, organizer Marc Lesnick was told by a number of entities within the industry – “Do not associate your event in any way with gambling”.
Washington Redskins player Pierre Garcon is leading a class action lawsuit for the NFL players against leading Daily Fantasy Sports website FanDuel.
The wide receiver is suing for misuse of players’ names and likenesses without obtaining the proper licensing or permissions. The suit is being filed in federal court in Maryland.
The Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA), seemingly caught off guard by the events of recent weeks confronting the Daily Fantasy Sports industry, is now calling for self-regulation after a handful of state Attorney Generals have launched their own investigation into possible improprieties that include allegations of insider trading and the close association to illegal gambling.