While there had been little to no pushback on daily fantasy sites until the scandal back in October 2015, the New York State Attorney General has sent a strong message to the daily fantasy world: DFS is now illegal in the state of New York.
Reports indicate that he has already sent cease-and-desist letters to both DraftKings and FanDuel. We can only assume that all sites that operate in NY are receiving the same letters as you read this.
While it is unclear at this time the impact this will have on both DraftKings and FanDuel's New York offices, we expect things to happen quickly.
For those of you playing DFS in New York, we hope you enjoyed it. There may be a ton more people that join you in your DFS free world soon if this spreads to more states.
— Kevin Roth (@KevinRothWx) November 10, 2015
While we have yet to see a statement from DraftKings as of publish time, FanDuel responded with:
"Fantasy sports is a game of skill and legal under New York State law," FanDuel said in a statement. "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."
We encourage you to reach out to your state's representatives and let them know your feelings on daily fantasy sports. There is no doubt in my mind that the AG's of other states were watching this closely.
The scary thing is that while many do not believe that DFS is gambling, the perception by the public is further proof that perception is reality.
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For the record, I never actually played football. I have no doubt that I would get crushed running across the middle for a pass, every single time.
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