New Duel for FanDuel? WAS Receiver Declares War on DFS
As it turns out, NFL fans aren't the only ones who are sick of daily fantasy sports sites as players are starting to get in on the hate as well.
Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon is suing the daily fantasy sports website FanDuel, filing a class-action lawsuit on behalf of NFL players. In his suit, Garcon claims that the website does not compensate players for using their names on the website and in their advertising, saying players see no compensation for the exposure, while the website's revenues skyrocket.
"FanDuel has taken the liberty to engage in these actions without my consent and without proper licensing rights," Garcon would later claim via a statement. "As a result of these activities, FanDuel daily fantasy contests have shown increasing revenues leading to large profits"
Garcon, in particular, has been singled out on FanDuel. In numerous commercials, Garcon's name can be seen in a sample lineup that can be frequently seen during commercials during both professional and college football breaks.
FanDuel's competitor DraftKings was absent from the lawsuit.
The website has released a statement concerning the lawsuit claiming "We believe this suit is without merit. There is established law that fantasy operators may use player names and statistics for fantasy contests."
The lawsuit is the latest in a string of negative publicity for daily fantasy sports site. Daily fantasy employees were recently revealed to be using competitor's websites, using inside information to make profits. The argument on whether daily fantasy sports constitute gambling has also been a national discussion, to the point it was discussed in Wednesday's Republican National Debate.
Founded in 2009, FanDuel has had over 600,000 entries to their website per week, numbers that have only grown since the influx of advertising that has invaded football broadcasts. Despite the negativity daily fantasy has incurred, FanDuel has won widespread acclaim and honors. Entrepreneur Magazine named it one of its "100 Brilliant Companies" this year, in addition to winning a Webby Award for Best Mobile App.
Geoff Magliocchetti never understood the appeal behind daily fantasy sports. Convince him other wise on Twitter @GeoffMags5490.
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