I’m “that guy.” I’m concerned about DFS golf.
I’m someone who has always been fascinated with the legal aspect of daily fantasy (UIGEA). Since I love playing it, I’ve read up more and more on the legal grounds for it. While there are definitely some gray areas, for the most part it looks like DFS is here to stay – which is great. But I can’t help but worry that DFS golf may change that some day, or at least cause some serious problems.
While some of the language with UIGEA is gray, one part of it is not. UIGEA stipulates that the outcome of a fantasy game must be dependent on multiple sports events. That’s events with an “s”.
I think it’s clear to all why DFS sites don’t do NASCAR. For the reason above. The Daytona 500 is one event. But you know what? The Masters is one event. So is the US Open. Or any other golf tournament. There’s no way around that and we all know it. But now multiple DFS sites are doing golf. Why?
The only rational reason is that legally they consider a round in golf to constitute an event. But that to me just seems extremely flimsy from a legal standpoint. Any state’s attorney could slap UIGEA down in front of a DFS site doing it and say really easily “This is one event. It may have multiple rounds, but it’s one event. What you’re doing is illegal.”
I think most DFS sites are hoping that doesn’t happen, more than that they actually have a full proof legal basis to run it.
I’m curious what other people think and the sites as well. And yes, despite all of this, I’ll probably still try it.