You know all that annoying advertising we were subjected to during the playoffs? Not the attractive but not too attractive lady “tossing the pigskin” — the onslaught of fantasy
play gambling site promos. Well, all that investment came home to roost because the ads attracted not just potential Pete Roses but, also, the attention of some Attorneys General.
Previously, Nevada officials determined that these games were games of chance instead of skill exercises, and were therefore illegal. Now, the NY AG has joined in that interpretation, which is really awkward for FanDuel because its offices are in NYC. The AG sent that company and DraftKings cease-and-desist letters this week as part of his consumer protections authority. A federal prosecutor is reportedly looking into the matter as well.
Interestingly, MLB has been cashing in on these sites, becoming an actual investor in DraftKings. League involvement in this industry is a head scratcher — it makes you wonder how the suits possibly thought this was a good idea for MLB itself to get into. Things that make you go “hmmmm”…
Anyway, Awful Announcing has a good summary on the issue here. Read, comment, and remember:
No one cares about your Fantasy Baseball team.