Murray Unveils Game Plan to Contest A.G. Ruling

To sponsor two bills to reinstate FanDuel, DraftKings in NY
November 16, 2015
Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C,I-East Patchogue) today announced he will be sponsoring two bills to protect fantasy football sites FanDuel and DraftKings in the wake of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s decision to ban New Yorkers from participating in these sites. The first bill clearly delineates these sites as games of skill akin to day-trading, rather than unskilled gambling. The second bill is a contingency measure. If the courts rule that these sites do constitute gambling, this measure serves as the first step in a constitutional amendment process in granting fantasy sports sites like FanDuel and DraftKings exemptions.

“The Attorney General’s ruling is not a ‘3-and-out’ for fantasy sports fans,” said Murray. “In the coming legislative session, I will be sponsoring two bills that would allow New Yorkers to partake in FanDuel and DraftKings once again in the event that Mr. Schneiderman’s decision is upheld in court.

“The first codifies what I’ve been saying all along: these fantasy football sites are competitions pitting player against player in contests of skill and knowledge, not unskilled gambling where people are betting against a predetermined outcome. The second bill is a ‘just-in-case’ measure in the event that the courts rule that FanDuel and DraftKings do constitute gambling, providing an exemption for these sites from gaming laws.

“I’m hopeful that if the courts don’t overturn what is clearly a bad decision from the A.G., my legislation will.”