Fantasy Sports: A Defining Moment?
Not sure if this has been discussed here yet, but the NFL just announced that they will launch their very own “PAY” fantasy football game.
On one end, this is very, very exciting…the biggest sports league sponsoring its own fantasy platform should put fantasy football (and sports, in general) in the limelight because if the NFL knows anything, it’s how to market its product(s). If things go well, DFS will only stand to capitalize on the increased exposure and player influx.
On the other hand, it’s not beyond the realm of rational thinking to conceive a scenario whereby somebody with some political clout questions the legality of pay-to-play fantasy football & challenges the current status quo (again). I’m not an online poker guy, but I don’t think I’m off-base in stating that increased exposure and a debate regarding legalese eventually brought about its demise. At the very least, I could see the government stepping in & asking for a piece of the pie, as they do for brick-and-mortar casinos, which would affect the already tough rake structure…
I’m certainly hoping for the former scenario, but am old enough to recognize that logic, particularly when money is involved, does not always influence law.