DFS Sector Fighting Back In California
The legal battle as to whether daily fantasy sports is legal or not is heating up. At first it seemed that DFS operators like DraftKings and FanDuel were shell shocked by the onslaught from legislators like New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The approach seems to have gone from defense to offence as the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA) is showing in the state of California.
Assembly Bill 1437 was passed earlier this month by the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee by 17-1. In terms of the bill DFS operators would be allowed to operate in California once they have obtained licenses from the California Department of Justice.
This was too much for Assemblyman Marc Levine who like other opportunistic legislators claim that DFS is nothing more than gambling as there is an entry fee, a wager and gambling winnings. He went on to say that DFS operators are the same as bookies.
The FSTA is not taking Levine’s campaign to ban DFS in California lying down and has called on citizens of the California to take action to protect DFS. They also took it to a personal level with Levine and aid,” State legislators are working to protect your rights to play fantasy football – but not Assemblyman Marc Levine. He’s the politician who wants to ban fantasy football in California. If Assemblyman Marc Levine wants to vote no on fantasy football, maybe we should be voting no on Marc Levine.”
Levine fired back by saying that DFS operators were using fear tactics in order to rush though legislation effort that would allow them to operate unhindered.