State Of Tennessee Declares DFS Illegal Gambling
Despite numerous attempts by DFS operators to paint a rosy picture of the industry, there are still legal setbacks to their operations on a weekly basis. The latest setback comes from the state of Tennessee who has declared daily fantasy sports as illegal gambling.The legal opinion came out from the Attorney General Herbert Slatery’s office.
He went on to say that according to State law gambling is defined as anything that encompasses any activity where players risk “anything of value for a profit whose return is to any degree contingent on chance.” He added that a person who “knowingly engages in gambling commits a punishable offense.”
This latest blow follows FanDuel’s and DraftKings decision to halt all real money activity in New York until the Spring. Slatery’s opinion comes after neighboring state Alabama came to the same conclusion. DraftKings in reaction to the Tennessee opinion said that they are in “an active dialogue with elected officials” in Tennessee to advance the legislation that will govern the company’s “skill-based contests”.
They were not shy in exploiting the political aspect and called on all their fans and Tennessee supporters to let their voices be heard in the coming days to show support for this legislation and protect their right to play the games they love.