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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Fans rally in New York to support daily fantasy sports


A group of fans and employees rallied outside the office of New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman to protest his ruling that daily fantasy sports sites FanDuel and DraftKings constituted illegal gambling.

Estimates on the crowd varied depending on the source, but roughly 250 to 300 people showed up, though according to reporters on the scene, a majority of protesters are employed or affiliated with one of the sites. They carried signs, and one even had a bullhorn.

The group contends that daily fantasy is a skill game and not gambling in opposition to Schneiderman’s ruling.

Many carried signs mocking Schneiderman and defending daily fantasy sports.

FanDuel and DraftKings were quick to draw attention to the protests on social media.

Reporters on the scene struggled to find people who didn’t work for DraftKings or FanDuel, however.

The attorney general’s office released a statement regarding the rally.

Daily fantasy sites have been under scrutiny ever since DraftKings employee Ethan Haskell allegedly used insider information while playing on rival site FanDuel. Since then, their legality has come into question on a wide scale. They clearly have some support, but it’s unlikely that this rally is going to do anything to change Schneiderman’s mind. Fun signs, though.

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