FanDuel, Draft Kings and other daily fantasy sports sites took a major hit last week as New York declared all daily fantasy sites forms of illegal gambling under New York state law.
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman put out a cease and desist order against the sites, ordering them to stop operations within New York state limits.
FanDuel quickly responded to the cease and desist order via their website.
“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.”
New York is now the second state to rule daily fantasy sports sites as illegal within state borders. Last month, Nevada was the first state to make the decision.
These sites have not necessarily targeted younger users, but the accessibility of smartphone apps and major cash prizes have gotten the attention of younger clientele, including university students.
“When I first heard about Draft Kings, I thought it was a cool way to act as a hub for all fantasy sports players out there,” said an anonymous ORU student participant. “It would allow players to test their sport of choice know-how against a much broader population, compared to with just family and friends.”
Daily fantasy sports sites have become a major attraction for all sports fans because of advertising during all major sporting events, but other states will have to decide if they will allow daily fantasy sports sites to be played under their purview.
“If this spreads as an issue to every state, I still don’t think it would be shut down,” said the student. “There are a lot of people using these sites.”