With the drastic action taken against daily fantasy sports in Nevada, New York and Illinois, DFS players have finally started to mobilize and make their support of the industry heard by their local lawmakers viagra au luxembourg. In Texas, another state in which daily fantasy is threatened, residents recently contacted state Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton in droves, in a campaign backed by the Fantasy Sports for All (FSA) organization.
Cynthia Meyer, spokeswoman for Paxton’s office, told the Houston media last week that the AG had received upwards of 10,800 emails on the topic of DFS, the vast majority of which were in support of the industry.
Meyer followed up, however, saying that the Atty. Gen.’s opinions are “simply objective interpretations of existing law. We will respond to this request in accordance with applicable laws, as we do all opinions.”
The FSA is a group backed by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA), an organization founded in 1999 which counts DFS heavy hitters like Yahoo! Sports, Rotowire, ESPN, Fox Sports, CBS Sports, Univision, FanDuel, DraftKings and USA Today as members.
On its website, the FSA states that it is “committed to protecting the rights of all Americans who play fantasy sports, adding that it supports “any effort to fairly and reasonably regulate [DFS].”
The group has made it easy for proponents of daily fantasy to get in touch with lawmakers through form letters targeting several states. “I am one of millions of Texans who participate in fantasy sports contests because it’s a form of entertainment that gives me a deeper appreciation of the sports that I love,” reads one letter.
“I am a mature adult and I am fully capable of deciding for myself how I want to enjoy sports,” it continues. “I believe this is a matter of personal choice, and that the government has no business telling me I can’t play sports.”
Daily fantasy under siege
Late last year, Nevada ruled DFS to be gambling, and told sites like FanDuel and DraftKings to leave the state or apply for a traditional gambling license. In New York, Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman also recently ruled against DFS, calling the industry illegal in the state and demanding that operators cease operations. The Illinois Atty. Gen. is the latest official to announce DFS to be illegal in the state.
In Texas, State Representative Myra Crownover recently asked AG Paxton to provide a legal opinion on DFS, citing the recent action taken the aforementioned three states.
But not everyone is in favor of DFS in the Lone Star State. Cathie Adams, president of the conservative Texas Eagle Forum has spoken out against the industry and believes that daily fantasy is nothing but gambling.
“This is a way of damaging our culture, damaging our work ethic and certainly hurting families that are struggling ahead and then putting their hope in something that is unstable,” she said.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s position on daily fantasy is unclear. In October he brushed off the idea of creating new state regulations to target the DFS industry, and stated that laws were already in place to prosecute fraudulent companies.