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  • unageo09

    MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) – Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced Tuesday that he has issued cease and desist letters to DraftKings and FanDuel after reviewing Alabama’s gambling statutes and determining that paid daily fantasy sports contests constitute illegal gambling.

    “As Attorney General, it is my duty to uphold Alabama law, including the laws against illegal gambling,” Strange said in a written statement. “Daily fantasy sports operators claim that they operate legally under Alabama law. However, paid daily fantasy sports contests are in fact illegal gambling under Alabama law.”

    In Alabama, an activity constitutes illegal gambling if a person stakes something of value on a contest of chance, even when skill is involved, in order to win a prize.

    In paid daily fantasy sports contests, players create a “fantasy roster” of real-life athletes. Each athlete is awarded points based on his or her performance, and the “owners” of the teams with the highest scoring rosters win cash prizes.

    In Strange’s statement, he writes:

    There is, of course, a measure of skill involved in creating a fantasy roster. But in the end, contestants have no control over the performance of the players on their rosters. For example, a player could fall ill before a game, be injured in pre-game warm-ups, or miss a large portion of the game due to injury or equipment failure. All of these factors, and many more, are outside the control of a fantasy sports player. Thus, the results of paid daily fantasy sports contests depend to a large degree on chance. This is the very definition of gambling under Alabama law.
    Alabama now joins 11 other states in which paid daily fantasy sports contests have been declared illegal.

    DraftKings and FanDuel have until May 1, 2016, to cease offering paid daily fantasy sports contests in Alabama.

    Copyright 2016 WAFF. All rights reserved.

    Well, it’s been fun but looks like it is coming to an end.

    Support DFS in Alabama HERE: https://fantasysportsforall.com/connect/alabama/

  • stpelikan66

    I just started to play last October, and was wondering how long before this state followed suit. My question : are we allowed to play at Fantasy Aces, Fantasy Fued, etc? Because I’ll gladly take my business there for now.

  • bkhicks66

    A question about the cease and desist….Can someone from Alabama continue to play if they have funds in their account and Fanduel will not accept anymore funds? or does Fanduel shutout players from Alabama from entering contests?

  • marcreinhart

    @stpelikan66 said...

    I just started to play last October, and was wondering how long before this state followed suit. My question : are we allowed to play at Fantasy Aces, Fantasy Fued, etc? Because I’ll gladly take my business there for now.

    You would have to check with those sites directly.

  • hambazaza

    RG Blog Program Manager, 2014 RG Party Beer Pong Champion

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    this is about as depressing a news piece as i’ve seen in a long time. As an alabama resident it’s very disappointing to see our Attorney General do this without really understanding what he’s talking about

    Guess this next few weeks will be my last of DFS for a while :(

  • Olhausen

    No you won’t be able to play if you are physically located in Alabama one the cease and desist order takes effect.

  • bkhicks66

    Thanks

  • dallasmavsallday

    @JustDFSin said...

    Wow that’s shocking. I didn’t even think people in Alabama knew anything about the internet, or owned a pc

    LMAO. Poor fantasyShane :(

  • FantasyShane

    Welp…

  • crazylox2001

    I double the welp

  • FantasyShane

    Make sure and make your voice heard all Alabama residents! Getting the legislation passed is or best hope! https://fantasysportsforall.com/connect/alabama-action/

  • drbubba

    @JustDFSin said...

    I didn’t even think people in Alabama knew anything about the internet, or owned a pc

    You friggin moron.

  • drbubba

    Just absolutely sick. Just starting my second year and was all geared up to see what I have learned. I may move. Can’t imagine not having access.

  • ckamins87

    • 2016 DraftKings FBWC Finalist

    • 2016 FanDuel WFBBC Finalist

    This is obviously terrible and I’m sorry for alabama residents. I will say, though, of all the different things these anti-dfs politicians have said/wrote, this one was the least offensive lol. Finally acknowledging #skillgame.

    But I do of course find it absurd that this is something states feel they need to ban, and I hope things get resolved for affected states.

  • drbubba

    Weird question. I have been holding off on taxes since I owe a big check. With Alabama pulling the plug, are they still going to expect me to pay State taxes on my winnings?

  • catmando

    just to play devils advocate..what if the stays are not declaring it illegal? meaning its always been illegal they just now called it for what it is? who is to say what is right or wrong? voters i hope

  • drbubba

    Another question, I having been playing a lot of NBA on Fantasy Draft. I also have a FA account. Will Fantasy Draft and FA still be viable in Bama? Are FD and FA still operating, for example, in NY?

  • ramagosr

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    This is awful. Going into my second year too and this has been my favorite thing to do. Do you know if you can maintain and account in a state that’s banned and enter lineups from another location? I.e. I have a beach house 1.5 miles from the FL border so if I geolocate to FL to go get a coffee or something on a weekend can I enter contests from there and just change lineups at home? I know when I go to Vegas I can still edit my lineups as long as I bought in at home in AL. Anyone else have experience with this scenario?

  • chronoxiong

    How many States are still left? I don’t keep a chart on me with a dart thrown to it when it’s been wiped out.

  • cAUmberlandtiger8

    @drbubba said...

    Weird question. I netted $108,000 my first year. I have been holding off on taxes since I owe a big check. With Alabama pulling the plug, are they still going to expect me to pay State taxes on my winnings?

    Yes. You absolutely will owe taxes on that. With that much money at stake I think it would be smart to talk to a CPA. Paying a CPA $750 on te front end will save you exponentially on the back end

  • drbubba

    I know it is like pissing in the wind, but I filled out an online complaint form to the AL Attorney General. If anybody on here in the know can tell how to help move the conversation back to regulation, I am willing to help.

    http://www.ago.state.al.us/Page-Contact-Us-Online-Contact-Form

  • deejones49

    I think it’s a lost cause emailing the AG the Indian casinos are behind this. I emailed all the legislators i could. They have a Bill on the table that could pass if it gets brought up. I’m sending you a PM.

  • unageo09

    I’ll send them an email too. Thanks for the link. Maybe it’ll make somewhat of a difference but I doubt it.

  • Olhausen

    @deejones49 said...

    I think it’s a lost cause emailing the AG the Indian casinos are behind this. I emailed all the legislators i could. They have a Bill on the table that could pass if it gets brought up. I’m sending you a PM.

    I think maybe that’s why Alabama’s AG sent a cease and desist order and Tennessee’s AG did not. Seems like Tennessee has a better chance of legalizing Dfs then Alabama. Although I’m still pretty worried that any day I will wake up and not be able to play. I deposited money on Dk and FD for the first time in months this morning just in case the banks or Paypal don’t let us deposit soon.

  • PJGuin23

    DFS Tax Guru

    @cAUmberlandtiger8 said...

    Yes. You absolutely will owe taxes on that. With that much money at stake I think it would be smart to talk to a CPA. Paying a CPA $750 on te front end will save you exponentially on the back end

    I think I know a guy.

  • FunkyColdModella

    Does Alabama have internet access?

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