Locals split on N.Y.’s ban on daily fantasy sports

By: Rebecca Turco

Email: rturco@abc6.com

PROVIDENCE – All bets are off for daily fantasy sports in New York, after the state attorney general banned major companies DraftKings and FanDuel from accepting bets there.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman feels the companies’ games constitute gambling and since neither company has a gambling license, he is accusing them of illegal gambling.

“Daily fantasy sports is neither victimless nor harmless, and it is clear that DraftKings and FanDuel are the leaders of a massive, multibillion-dollar scheme intended to evade the law and fleece sports fan across the country,” Schneiderman said in a statement.

Both DraftKings and FanDuel have refuted these allegations in statements, saying their daily games require skill.

Local users of the websites agree. “It’s very difficult to pick out the right players and the unnamed players who actually have a big week,” explained Jim Potter of Dartmouth.  

Others, like Joe Ferreria of Riverside, agree with New York’s decision. “It’s gambling. No matter how you look at it, no matter how you sum it up, it’s still gambling and it should be banned,” he said.

The companies have come under heavy scrutiny recently following concerns of insider trading, after a midlevel DraftKings employee playing on rival FanDuel beat more than 200,000 other players to win $350,000.

Both companies have a few days to respond before New York pursues legal action. Boston-based DraftKings has hired former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley.

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