Almost every time scripts come up in these forums, the debate is on the substantive value of them – whether they give anyone an actual advantage (“just build better lineups”), whether maybe certain scripts do, whether sites should ban them to level the playing field or not, or whether the playing field has nothing to do with scripts.
I think this element is overlooked – the vast majority of the population in America doesn’t know anything about DFS except what they hear on TV. Thanks to FD/DK’s insane advertising blitz, and a few media reports that may or may not have carried ulterior motives, the public perception on DFS is not paticularly positive. They also don’t really understand what a script is, or what it does, or why it may or may not give an advantage. They just hear that the top pros use scripts as part of a report, and often times the reports say the scripts are part of why the pros beat them (regardless of whether or not it’s true).
Perception is often far more important than reality. If the public percieves scripts to be a problem, then they’re a problem. Unless either FTSA, or DK/FD, or Rotogrinders, or some other entity, wants to put out a massive marketing plan to try to change the perception about scripts and what they can or can’t do, then this perception is probably never going to change. And unlesss public perception changes, then scripts need to go. Period.
The long-term health of DFS depends on casual players continuing to play for low-stakes, losing small amounts to the overall pool from time to time, as well as new customers signing up on a regular basis. It also depends on having politicial entities and big corporations not looking for any small thing to jump on to try to go after the entire landscape. Scripts, specifically the public perception of scripts and their increased awareness of the use of them, are a huge problem for the industry. They really need to be banned. Not because they’re bad, not because they may give an advantage, but because the vast majority of the population outside of DFS, and a significant portion of the population inside DFS, think they give an advantage.
The same theory is why Ethan should have been let go by Draft Kings almost immediately. Regardless of whether or not he had access to ownership percentages before lock, and regardless of whether he used said ownership percentage information to build a FanDuel Lineup, thanks to media reporting that was either incompetent, lazy, stupid or had blatant ulterior motives, the narrative was “DraftKings employee uses insider information to win $350,000 on FanDuel”, and the public perception was almost universally that exact narrative.
Too often people on here focus on the substance of an issue, forgetting that for the most part, the American public is uninformed, and isn’t going to turn to a Rotogrinders thread for a substantive debate on the issue. So regardless of whether something actually happened, what “Joe Sixpack” thinks is just as important, if not more important, than what actually happened.