NEW YORK – (Associated Press) - He's the player daily fantasy sports fans across the country are suddenly watching: New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who ordered industry giants DraftKings and FanDuel this past week to stop accepting play from New Yorkers, saying their business amounts to illegal gambling.
And that was just Schneiderman's latest batch of national headlines this year.
BOSTON (Associated Press) — Top daily fantasy sports companies are fiercely rejecting the idea that their rapidly growing industry should be considered gambling in the United States.
But FanDuel and DraftKings are OK with that label in the United Kingdom. They're embracing it as a step toward global expansion.
U.K. gambling regulators granted a gambling license to DraftKings in August, while FanDuel applied earlier this month for a license as a "gambling software" company.
Top daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel filed lawsuits on Friday to contest an order to shut down their online gaming operations in New York state, asking a state court to rule that the games are not illegal gambling.
The New York attorney general's office on Tuesday ordered the two companies to stop taking money from New Yorkers and declared the games to be against state law because customers "are clearly placing bets on events outside of their control or influence, specifically on the real-game performance of professional athletes."
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.
Hiring the top legal brains sends a message that “We think we wanna win and we can win”.
These include the likes of Randy Mastro and Deb Wong Yang of Gibson Young along with the lead partners in Boise, Schiller.
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.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Associated Press) - The state’s lottery division has asked its gaming vendor how it could run daily fantasy sports betting or work with sites such as FanDuel and DraftKings in case the current system is deemed illegal.
Gerald Aubin, the division’s director, said Thursday he’s considering options and watching other states working to regulate or ban the sites.
New York’s attorney general has said the betting sites are illegal gambling operations in his state.
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.
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — (Associated Press) - A bill that would confine daily fantasy sports betting in Pennsylvania to contests operated by the state's 12 licensed casinos could gain favor in light of more stringent action in other states, the sponsor said Wednesday.
Rep. George Dunbar commented on New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's order Tuesday directing the major companies, New York-based FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings, to stop accepting bets in the state because they amount to illegal gambling.
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.
Michael McCann of Sports Illustrated asks the question “What’s Next for DraftKings and FanDuel?” This after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declared their activity as illegal gambling and forbidden in the Empire State.
The two biggest Daily Fantasy Sports sites, DraftKings and FanDuel, issued defiant statements following New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman order for the two companies to cease taking bets from state residents.
NEW YORK (Associated Presss) — New York's attorney general on Tuesday ordered the daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel to stop accepting bets in the state, saying their operations amount to illegal gambling.
In a pair of letters sent to the companies, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that after a one-month investigation, his office had concluded that the daily contests are essentially games of chance, not skill.
The two leaders in Daily Fantasy Sports continue to see drops in their total weekly entry fees following increasing scrutiny by some state Attorney General’s offices as well as lottery and gaming commissions.
“FanDuel, DraftKings, and Yahoo all suffered small dips in total entry fees, but they balanced the books accordingly with reduced prizes out totals,” SuperLobby said in its weekly data release. “This means improved effective margins for the big guns — all three will likely feel satisfied with their NFL Week 9 Sunday results.”
One of the leading Daily Fantasy Sports sites FanDuel has announced aggressive plans to enter the United Kingdom market.
The company had already applied for a UK gambling license, lending further credence to the notion that what it does is gambling.
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.
Sure Ben Roethlisberger looked pitiful this past week against division rival the Cincinnati Bengals, but Week 9 you’ll want to consider him for your Daily Fantasy roster, if only the price were a bit lower. The Pittsburgh Steelers face a new look Oakland Raiders team in Week 9.
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”.
In the wake of a handful of state Attorney Generals, Gaming Commissions and politicians cracking the whip on the explosive Daily Fantasy Sports industry, SuperLobby.com data has shown that industry-wide entry fees for DFS guaranteed tournaments has continued to fall.
(Associated Press) - A state lawmaker plans to introduce a bill that would regulate daily fantasy sports in New Jersey, putting in charge of it a state agency widely considered the toughest gambling regulator in the country.
Sen. Jim Whelan, a former Atlantic City mayor, said Monday he'll introduce a bill after conferring with the state Division of Gaming Enforcement, which would oversee daily fantasy sports play in New Jersey.
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.
DFS911.com has your Daily Fantasy NFL Week 8 tight ends you will want to target along with the salaries offered on each.
Travis Kelce ($5K) – This seems like a no-brainer. Kelce secured 5-of-6 targets for 73 yards in the Chiefs' Week 7 win over the Steelers. He is always going to be considered a fantasy TE1 but more so this week than most others.
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.
TRENTON, N.J. — (Associated Press) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says regulating fantasy football is "a stupid idea."
The governor's comments Thursday morning on CNN came after he ridiculed the idea during Wednesday night's Republican presidential debate and seemed to preclude New Jersey from taking action to regulate daily fantasy sports, even as other jurisdictions have done so or considered doing so, claiming they amount to gambling.
As a few state legislators and attorney generals mull over the legality of Daily Fantasy Sports, New Jersey Governor and Republican Presidential candidate sent out a fund raising email asking his supporters to submit their DFS lineup changes prior to the start of the Giants/Redskins game four weeks ago.