New York lawmakers support fantasy sports contests
December 09, 2015 10:43 AM
by Phil Hevener
Daily fantasy sports contests will be legalized in New York, it does not matter what the judge says. That’s the prediction of the chairman of a state legislative committee with authority over gambling.
Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, who leads the Committee on Racing and Wagering, said the approach state lawmakers take will depend on the outcome of a lawsuit filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to block daily fantasy sports operators FanDuel and DraftKings from conducting what Schneiderman considers illegal gambling.
Scheiderman and the companies are waiting for a ruling from Justice Manuel Mendez in state Supreme Court.
“In either case we’re going to do something,” said Pretlow, a Westchester Democrat. He cited industry estimates that between 2.5 million and 3.5 million New Yorkers are playing daily fantasy sports online. “If the court rules it’s illegal, we’ll do something probably to legalize it.”
Assemblyman L. Dean Murray, a Long Island Republican, said he plays primarily as a form of entertainment and that he is slightly ahead for the year. He has introduced legislation, the Associated Press reports, to specifically remove daily fantasy sports from New York’s definition of games of chance, and alternatively, to amend New York’s Constitution to make another exception from its general prohibition on gambling.
Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: PhilHevener@GamingToday.com.