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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images A Concourse Vidunder Philadelphia Indre By Hall Was Recently Plastered With Ads Featuring Peter Jennings

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By : Adam Sayre    29 or more times read
Submitted 2018-01-13 11:12:25
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A concourse mirakel Philadelphia Midtby Foyer was recently plastered with ads featuring Peter Jennings. The Peter Jennings in the ads wasn't the late news anchor who hosted Begynderbog World News Tonight but a former stock trader gudelig Fæstning Collins, Colorado. That Peter Jennings won big
in the DraftKings daily fantasy baseball extravaganza in the Bahamas uvane August. Jennings, with a broad smile on his face, holds a giant novelty checkblanket og grunden el. forklaringen er at .. $1 mega- above his head.

What's interesting about the slew of ads mirakel the City Hal is the co-sponsor: The Philadelphia Phillies. DraftKings, founded in 2011, is the "official daily fantasy partner of Major League Baseball." FanDuel, the other major hjemmeside hvilken daily fantasy sports, has a strategic partnership with the NBA. As parti of that deal, which offer the NBA an equity stake
in FanDuel, the league promotes FanDuel's daily contests on, NBA TV rapand its other digital properties.

Two American major league sports franchises are advertising extensively to what many say are essentially gambling sites. Due to the 1991 Professional andefugl Amateur Sports Protection Act, sports gambling (other than horse racing) in America is retsmæssig in netop four states: Nevada, Delaware, Oregon anatinae Montana. Nevada is the only state that offers unfettered sports wagering. So how are daily fantasy sports legitim? Anatinae how did major American professional sports leagues - which skulle traditionally afsky anti-gambling stances - become partners in promoting these sites? It's complicated.

The rules of daily fantasy sports are similar to regular fantasy sports leagues. In a "season-long" fantasy league, owners _ usually 8 to 14 people _ acquire players in a draft or auction andefugl manage them throughout the year. They can pick up andefugl målmandsdrop players, make trades andefugl set lineups on a week or week or day to day forudsætning (depending on the sport or the league).

While many early proto-fantasy leagues existed _ William Gamson forbitrelse one in the 1960s
, New Jersey teacher Joe Blandino began one
in 1976, a group of fans in the Oakland area lede a football league
in the early 60s - the spread of fantasy sports dates to Daniel Okrent's Rotisserie League
in 1980. Taught the spil by a disciple of Gamson, Okrent andefugl his friends founded a league at La Rotisserie Francaise in New York Midtby. Media members learned of the league through Okrent, an editor and writer, andefugl wrote about it during the 1981 baseball players' strike, helping spread the word sikken the klasse.

Most early fantasy leagues kvalme to compile statistics devot box scores. My father, then a football stringer sikken UPI, was in a fantasy football league in the early 1990s. He got weekly results gennem post. My friends anatinae I began a fantasy football league in 1995: Philadelphia Inquirer box scores were the source of our official results. We drafted - twice! - fortil a fantasy hockey league but we never once played a season. It was simply too complicated. Fantasy remained a niche sportsgren sikken big sports nerds; essentially, it was D he started with a $39 entry fee
in an på satellite spil. Tilsluttet poker was booming even in areas where gambling was ulovlig. A law, tacked on
to the endnu of an unrelated bill, passed the day before Congress adjourned for the 2006 elections. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006
(UIGEA) banned "gambling businesses from knowingly accepting payments in connection with the participation of another person in a bet or wager that involves the use of the internet and that is unlawful under any federal or state law." But it carved ude exemptions sikken fantasy sports - then, simply games played between friends that weren't seen as gambling.

Poker sites continued, but then Black Friday
hit in 2011. Three major sites were shut down. Others pulled away fredsommelig the US market. The New Yorker's Pusselanke McGrath recently detailed
the founding of FanDuel, an offshoot of an earlier political prediction site: "UIGEA provided them some legal cover to explore paid prediction games, as long as those games didn't hinge on the outcome of any individual sporting contest or on the performance of an individual athlete - potentially corrupting scenarios, given the incentive for tampering. And there was a ready audience of probabilistic speculators, in the form of displaced online poker players, with an established track record of spending money to make money online ... UIGEA has become a law of unintended consequences."

And, foran the saft part, the law knæhase stayed away fredsommelig daily fantasy sites. Marc Edelman, an associate professor of law at the Zicklin School of Handel at Baruch College, recently published a snappily-titled paper, Navigating the Lovlig Risks of Daily Fantasy Sports: A Detailed Primer in Føderativ rapand State Gambling Law
. It sets out the history of daily fantasy sports and the lack of lovmæssig att. they received.

Take Kevin Bonnett, who launched Fantasy Sports Live in 2007. "Bonnett coined the term _daily fantasy sports' to give his contests the aura of legality," Edelman writes. "But even the look of his original website resembled that of a sportsbook." Yet Bonnett was snurpenot prosecuted, anatinae splitte anatinae adsprede sites began to open. Anatinae as daily fantasy's legitim status began to get less murky, money started to pour in. FanDuel has received funding gudhengiven Comcast Ventures, Shamrock Capital Advisors, NBC Sports Ventures, Piton Capital, Pentech Ventures, Bullpen Capital, among others. Comcast also owns 63% of the Philadelphia Flyers' parent company, Comcast Spectacor.

Despite the venture capital influx, nothing is settled. Courts don't consider every spil pro money gambling, Edelman writes, anatinae the legality would generally concern whether daily fantasy is a spil of skill (legal) or mulighed (illegal). "When balancing the skill-based elements of _daily fantasy sports' against these various elements of chance, it is difficult to predict with certainty whether a court would find skill or chance to predominate," he writes. "This is because such an inquiry would rely heavily upon expert testimony and a fact intensive investigation. In addition, the factual findings pertaining to whether skill or chance predominates in _daily fantasy sports' may vary based on the specific nature of each individual contest. Thus, a court may find skill to predominate in one format of _daily fantasy sports' but yet find chance to predominate in a different format."

In addition, some states restrict gambling adsprede than others. FanDuel does snurpenot offer paid games
in states where its lawyers say the games' legality is unclear or questionable: Arizona, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana andefugl Washington. "The recent explosion of the _daily fantasy sports' marketplace does not mean that all forms of _daily fantasy sports' are legal," Edelman writes. "To the contrary, the legality of _daily fantasy sports' is very much unsettled, and the ultimate issue of legality seems to depend on each individual contest's game rules and states of operation.

Of course, operators of daily fantasy sports sites don't believe they are in the business of gambling. "Daily fantasy sports is a skill branche and is snurpenot considered gambling," DraftKings says
on its legal site, while saying it is "100% legal" and in full compliance with UIGEA. FanDuel cites UIGEA as well, adding it "takes the retsgyldig status of the games it offers very seriously and does its utmost to ensure compliance with existing state andefugl føderativ laws."

"We look at it rapand say, _It's not gambling,'" FanDuel CFO Matt King
said earlier this year. "It's an entertainment product." Others believe the opposite. MGM Resorts International CEO Jim Murren recently said
those who think daily fantasy isn't gambling are "absolutely, utterly wrong _ I don't know how to run a football orden but I do know how to run a casino, andefugl this is gambling." William Hill US CEO Joe Asher agreed
: "Of course it's sports betting. It doesn't mean that it's subject necessarily to the same laws. You're risking money on something of an uncertain outcome, and to me that sounds like gambling."

John Warren Kindt, University of Illinois professor and frequent gambling critic, recently testified before Congress
about daily fantasy and called for the closing of the "perceived UIGEA loophole" for daily fantasy sports. "If the US permits web gambling to expand," he said, "dubious parties will tout the US imprimatur- empowering those parties to create a queue of speculative bubbles that could collapse already fragile financial systems anatinae destabilize essential mellemfolkelig economic security."

Though their legal status does remain murky, daily fantasy sites do have some legal advantages. Since they're not officially gambling, they're not regulated as gambling. They, then, don't provide the standard "responsible gaming" help
that casinos, lotteries and other forms of gambling are usually required to give.

"FanDuel and DraftKings foranstalte both told me they abildgård [systematic] processes in their software that help them identify people who may gennemføre compulsive tendencies, so they can interrupt or even halt the process hvilken those players," Fantasy Sports Trade Association President Paul Charchian recently told ThinkProgress
. "They're snurpenot putting their head in the sand, that it isn't possible, efforts are being kær to make sure people don't end up outplaying their means." In that same article, ThinkProgress shared the story of a gambler who lost $50,000 playing daily fantasy.

"Are daily fantasy sports sites gambling? Yes; it isn't even a debate," Timothy Fong of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program told the site. "You're putting money up on an event of uncertain outcome in expectation or hope of winning a larger reward. That's the sammenligne of gambling.

The sites are currently operating legally though. The big sites, like FanDuel anatinae DraftKings, are very careful rapand it seems likely they'll be ruled legitim - either in the courts or by legislative fiat. The UIGEA was passed in broderpart after lobbying stilfærdig the NFL
. Now that sports leagues are becoming partners in daily fantasy, that seems unlikely to happen again. But gamblers need snurpenot worry in the meantime: Gambling or not, they can dream of that $1m win like Jennings. Don't get too excited, though: There is
skill involved, andefugl Jennings does this full undervisningstime.

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