Daily Fantasy Sports Sites Declared ‘Illegal Gambling’ By New York

Ever since they have become a popular thing for sports fans, daily fantasy sites like Draft Kings and FanDuel have come under fire with some saying they are gambling and should either be regulated the same way sports books are across the country or shut down.

Tuesday, the largest state in the country took it a step further and ruled these sites are illegal:

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman declared Tuesday that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in his state, and he sent game operators DraftKings and FanDuel cease-and-desist notices in a significant blow to the embattled, billion-dollar industry.

Schneiderman demanded that DraftKings and FanDuel, the two industry giants, stop accepting “wagers” from New York residents. He is not, at this point, asking the companies to discontinue operations in the state.

“Our review concludes that DraftKings’/FanDuel’s operations constitute illegal gambling under New York law,” Schneiderman wrote in the letter obtained by ESPN’s David Purdum and Darren Rovell and ABC News.

FanDuel responded to the ruling in a statement defending its existence and denying the notion it is gambling:

“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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