New York Outlaws Daily Fantasy Sports; Locals Hope California Isn’t Next

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — New York’s attorney general on Tuesday ordered the daily fantasy sports companies Draft Kings and FanDuel to stop accepting bets in the state, saying their operations amount to illegal gambling.

In a pair of letters sent to the companies, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that after a one-month investigation, his office had concluded that the daily contests are essentially games of chance, not skill.

He drew a sharp distinction between the operations of daily fantasy sports sites and traditional fantasy leagues, which he said were legal partly because they relied on months of smart play over the course of several months. Draft Kings and FanDuel contests, he wrote, are about “instant gratification” and involve no long-term strategy.

“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 fans across the…

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