Fan Duel Accuses N.Y. Attorney General Of Posturing For Attention
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has put on his selective-thinking cap and reasoned that daily fantasy gaming to be a game of chance -- er, at least enough so that a disproportionately small group of people are the only ones who win. (This is not the case.) So seeing as the law of the land says chance games are dangerous because they allow certain populations to take risks they cannot rationally understand, Schneiderman has banned daily fantasy in his state.
New York is the seventh state to do so.
Here's how he put it...
“Our investigation has found that, unlike traditional fantasy sports, daily fantasy sports companies are engaged in illegal gambling under New York law, causing the same kinds of social and economic harms as other forms of illegal gambling, and misleading New York consumers...Daily fantasy sports is neither victimless nor harmless, and it is clear that DraftKings and FanDuel are the leaders of a massive, multi-billion-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.”
Regardless of where you fall on the morality of gambling, it's awfully hard to argue that the outcomes of daily fantasy games are in any way more random than those of state-sanctioned lotteries. You can play head-to-head in DFS, meaning your lineup it pitted against that of another mortal human being who may know more or less about professional football than you. That is a game of skill.
There's no head-to-head scratch off ticket. THAT is a skill-less game -- and Schneiderman's state profits heavily off of those.
Fan Duel has issued a response to the Attorney General's controversial decision, offering up an explanation as to why he choose to prohibit 20 million people from picking lineups on their phones for money.
“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, coworkers and players across the country. The game has been played — legally — in New York for years and years, but after the Attorney General realized he could now get himself some press coverage, he decided a game that has been around for a long, long time is suddenly now not legal. We have operated openly and lawfully in New York for several years. The only thing that changed today is the Attorney General’s mind.”
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