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  • tipandpick

    • 2016 FanDuel WFFC Finalist

    • 2014 FAFC Champion

    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.

    Forbes Article

    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.

  • Priptonite

    • Blogger of the Month

    Damnit Washington state, get your shit together. Those leagues are gonna be soooooo soft.

  • winsome

    The NFL forced the governor of Arizona to veto anti gay legislation so I would say that they have all the poli power they need to keep the wheels greased should problems arise. Also, the fact that these leagues do not seem to be offering cash prizes likely keeps them in the clear.

  • sethayates

    Interesting that the NFL’s high priced lawyers came to the same conclusion as the lawyers for the DFS sites we use. They seem to have excluded the same states and agree the rest allow betting on Fantasy sports. I think that bodes well for DFS in general.

  • Defjux41

    The big difference between this and poker is that sites provide the 1099 at the end of the year whereas poker was more of a free for all. So the Gov’t is getting their cut.

    Still though, I can see your point about the increased exposure having some negative consequences.

  • britdevine

    • 2014 StarStreet MLB Playboy Mansion Finalist

    Only for memorabilia right now = no care

    Offer games with cash payouts and standard rake = I would deposit 5 figures instantly.

  • louiescards

    DK KoTH winner

    This can’t be true DFS has already hit it’s ceiling….

  • deactivated17417

    The government is already taking about 33% from the winners. That’s a pretty big piece of the pie.

    Most of the poker players were not paying taxes on their online profit.

  • tipster808

    Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the NFL have pay entry last year? Just at real low entry fees. I could swear they did.

  • cb35

    2013 FFFC Finalist, 2013 DFFC Finalist

    • 2013 FanDuel WFFC Finalist

    memorabilia as prizes huh that is just brutal.

    would never play in a money public league with trades – too much BS to worry about either cheating or stupidity

  • db730

    RotoGrinders Media Director

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    Don’t think NFL had pay for play last year just the $1mm perfect lineup thing. This is in essence pay for play because they are awarding prizes (although not cash) and they have to follow the same legal guidelines as real money leagues.

    Defining moment??? I wouldn’t go that far, but certainly happy to see it.

  • MTro86

    RG Writer

    @winsome said…

    The NFL forced the governor of Arizona to veto anti gay legislation so I would say that they have all the poli power they need to keep the wheels greased should problems arise. Also, the fact that these leagues do not seem to be offering cash prizes likely keeps them in the clear.

    The NFL was a big supporter of the UIGEA. They’re anti anything that doesn’t line their pockets, but try to make it look like they’re taking a moral and integrity stand.

  • boc4life

    Fantasy sports were carved out as legal in the UIGEA, along with online wagers on horse races and lotteries. DFS doesn’t operate in any kind of legal grey area.

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