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  • db730

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    DFS is not only under the microscope, but also the existence of the game is being threatened by many politicians and special interests across a number of states. I think most agree this is a very pivotal time for the future of the industry and I think now is the time we as players let our voice be heard by those people who will be making some of those decisions.

    I want this thread to serve as a spot for players to be able find the names, emails, etc…of many of the people who will be shaping the future of this industry on State by State basis. I’ll try and keep this updated the best I can, so the more people who can give feedback the better. Whether it’s a just a name/email or talking points in a letter….anything is helpful. I’m far from an expert in regards to who exactly we need to reach out to, so those who are more informed please add to the discussion.

    Big shout out to Justin Van Zuiden (STLCardinals84) for getting the ball rolling on Twitter this afternoon.

    FanDuel has also started a Take Action online petition initiative. Please take a second to add your name and show your support.
    https://www.fanduel.com/takeaction

    Illinois

    Attorney General- Lisa Madigan http://www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/about/email_ag.jsp

    Florida

    Attorney General – Pam Bondi http://myfloridalegal.com/contact.nsf/contact?Open&Section=Attorney_General

    President State Senate Andy Gardiner https://www.flsenate.gov/senators/s13

    House Speaker Steve Crisafulli http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/details.aspx?MemberId=4448

    Change.org Florida Petition: https://www.change.org/p/pam-bondi-save-daily-fantasy-sports-in-florida-before-it-s-too-late?recruiter=406301188&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

    Pennsylvania

    Governor – Tom Wolf https://www.governor.pa.gov/contact/

    http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/cteeInfo/index.cfm?Code=54&CteeBody=H
    List of the specific members on the gaming oversight committee who will be making the initial votes this Wednesday.

    Update from @LSRDustin: Some advice in PA, you should be writing your state reps or state senators, especially if your rep sits on the gaming committee of either the house or the senate. Probably tough to move the needle with the governor.

    http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/cteeInfo/index.cfm?Code=54&CteeBody=H
    http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/cteeInfo/index.cfm?Code=31&CteeBody=S

    Michigan

    Senator Curtis Hertel – senchertel@senate.michigan.gov http://senatedems.com/hertel/contact/

    Senator Rick Jones is the Chair of the Judiciary Committee SenRJones@senate.michigan.gov

    Washington

    http://app.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=1301&year=2015
    Sponsoring legislators included on the page

    General Search Tool for State Representatives

    http://capwiz.com/nra/home/

  • stlcardinals84

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    I posted this in the IL-specific thread earlier and will repeat it again here.

    The sample letter I wrote to Lisa Madigan is probably a little harsh, but you can view it here: https://twitter.com/stlcardinals84/status/655126610933346304

    It’s time for us to band together for the legality of DFS, regardless of what the sites have done. That stuff can be dealt with in the future. If DFS gets declared illegal in your state, your complaints are irrelevant.

    Make your voice heard!!

  • fishcakeking

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    I’ll cosign this. Have you thought of maybe something like an online petition. Some people may have trouble clearly voicing their support for dfs.

    FCK

  • MrWorldwide

    Well done Justin. I sent a similar email to P/Bondi in Florida.

  • hoop2410

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    This is our chance to fight, make this post known to others.. We need to form a strong alliance and make our voices heard before it is too late. Please do not sit on the sidelines. I emailed my politician today and we all need to follow suit. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me, lets put up a fight!!!

    Hoop

  • Scott121422

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    For PA:

    http://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/cteeInfo/index.cfm?Code=54&CteeBody=H

    List of the specific members on the gaming oversight committee who will be making the initial votes this Wednesday.

  • Ben919

    • 2015 FAFC Finalist

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    Thanks Dan and Justin! As a fellow Illinois resident this bothers me a ton, and def plagiarized parts of your letter. You guys and others have been taking a lot of personal attacks that have zero to do with your opinion of DFS, which nobody should have to deal with.

  • I’m from CA, but wrote this to the IL AG. Instead of attacking, I suggest pointing out the differences between DFS and gambling:

    “I know, it’s odd that someone from California would be writing in about an issue in Illinois. I felt compelled to write this because I enjoy daily fantasy (DFS), and heard that you may be asked to rule if it constitutes gambling in your state. As this may spread to more states, I just wanted to share my opinion on the matter.

    In my opinion, for something to be gambling one of two factors should be involved. DFS has been compared to sports betting and poker, so let’s use those as examples:

    In sports betting, you get to choose – the team, the horse, etc. But in these cases, you are betting the “house” – and in most cases the house wins. This is why casinos make tons of money – there doesn’t have to be a winner.

    In DFS, you are playing against other players. The “house” in this case takes a flat, small percentage off the top (5-10% I think). They still make money on each contest, but not as much as you might think (and definitely less than casino-level margins). And more importantly, there is always a winner (or winners).

    Let’s turn to poker. Here, like in DFS, you are playing other players instead of the house. But, you don’t get to choose – you have to play the cards you are randomly dealt each hand. This has some skill, but luck plays a huge factor.

    DFS would be like poker if you received random players each game, but you get to pick your players for each contest. There is always an element of luck (as there is with most things in life), but with enough research that factor can be surprisingly small. If poker were like DFS, players would be able to pick the cards in their hand.

    This is one of the reasons seasoned players can make money in the game – they do a ton of research, and in non-tournament formats (where you only have to beat half the field to win) they know how to minimize their risk. I suspect most of the cries to the contrary come from those who put minimal effort into playing and then became upset when they don’t win thousands of dollars right away.

    If a game involves playing against a “house”, or is mostly dependent on random luck to succeed, I fully agree that it’s gambling. DFS doesn’t, however, seem to satisfy either condition. It’s the conclusion I came to a while back, and hopefully one you will come to as well.

    Full disclosure, I consider myself a casual DFS player. I do a few hours of research a week (not full time like the “sharks” do) and try to play lower-stakes tournaments and 50/50’s. While my play-style won’t win 1000’s each week, I do eek out a small profit more weeks than not.

    Thank you for your time.”

  • Richebee

    Can someone put a petition on change.org? Lol

  • Jason10

    The only plus I see is that it means less competition.

  • AQUAFTM45

    Hate to say this STL, but the last thing you want to do when trying to persuade someone on a legislative bill is to insult the government of your great state. (weather true or not). Now, you could bring it up if your cause is a solution to their problems, but this is not the case. Since DFS in Illinois is not going to have any substansive impact on their budget woes, I would focus more on the verbiage of their current legislation and how it supports the cause of DFS being legal. I have never read Illinois state law on the subject, but for people who are going to write in, I would suggest you do and incorperate that into your argument. In reality they don’t care about DFS paying for a couple wedding’s and births, they will be influenced by the interpretation of the law and political clout from either side. Unfortunately, the industry has not wasted it’s time with political clout.

    Fight the Fight!

  • bobbyrogers46

    @Richebee said...

    Can someone put a petition on change.org? Lol

    Google draftkings and change.org

  • sethayates

    Hey guys, no reason to re-invent the wheel. The NRA has a tool right here to find your elected officials. Search by state or zip code.

    http://capwiz.com/nra/home/

  • stevietpfl

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    @MrWorldwide said...

    Well done Justin. I sent a similar email to P/Bondi in Florida.

    Same here, now is the time to be heard.

  • cjs5555

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    IL resident here….I’m hoping common sense prevails and everyone realizes that DFS is and can continue to be a really positive experience for many people by providing entertainment and employment for people while increasing tax revenues for already strapped governments. Here’s my message to AG Madigan:

    I strongly urge you to consider the benefits of Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) and not to bar DFS operations in IL or participation by residents of IL. DFS provides enjoyment and entertainment to many people. Peoples’ winnings bring in tax revenue to IL. The DFS industry provides jobs to many people – not only folks who decide to play contests as a full time job, but there are programmers, customer service reps, content writers and many others who earn their living from this industry.

    I really don’t care if you call it gambling or not, and I think there are certain benefits that additional regulation may be able to provide both to the industry and its customers. You are in an unique position to consider the benefits of this industry and to drive improvement in how it operates. If you decide to engage in a review of DFS in IL, please use your power in relation to this issue to improve how this industry operates and protect consumers while determining a way that the industry can continue to operate, increasing tax revenues for the state of IL and the quality of life for people who derive income, employment and/or entertainment from DFS.

    Thank you for your consideration.

  • walkoff9

    Everyone that wants DFS to stay around and continue to grow should make an effort to reach out. Regardless of what state you live in. Not only will losing each state hurt the overall health of the industry, but each state that outlaws it only brings more negative attention and puts it on other states radar.

  • eagles1985

    I just contacted my governor hope does help the DFS world out. In my state I will be contacting there office on Monday too good luck to everyone here in there state too

  • Pt50317

    • 2017 DraftKings FFWC Finalist

    Thank you Dan for the info. I sent an email to Tom Wolf, Gov of PA, imploring him to make the right decision for a growing industry and a new source of tax revenue that is already in existence.

  • eagles1985

    I just hope he listin to all the people in. Pennsylvania

  • scottkrem

    Thanks for the info, I sent a message to my state senator.

  • natelr14

    Great job everyone! Let’s keep pushing. I think most are scared of DFS because they just don’t know enough about it. We need to keep bringing awareness about it.

  • horby

    I understand the importance of the state to keep all commerce within its borders closely regulated to ensure safety of its citizens from unfair practice. There has been a barrage of media attention and criticism to daily fantasy in recent weeks, some fair and some unfair, that has brought this matter to you attention for ruling.

    I am one of thousands of Illinois residents who play daily fantasy for enjoyment. It is a hobby of mine that I started playing in 2013. This calendar year I along with thousands of others will be contributing taxes from my winnings to our state which is in dire need of all forms of revenue.

    There are investigations ongoing at the federal level. All I ask is that you allow the federal investigations to complete before ruling on this subject. Many of our questions on legality and gambling will be answered at the conclusion of the federal investigations. There is no sense in ruling on a matter for which we do not have all of the information on.

    Please feel free to contact me via my phone number listed on this form if you would like more information on my experience with daily fantasy over the last two years.

    Thank you for your service to our state.

  • hambazaza

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    another important point, if you can, send a physical letter instead of an email. these politicians receive hundreds if not thousands of emails a day and usually the emails tend to go to the aide’s to read and may never make it to the politician. Physical letters are counted in the tens and not the hundreds these days and a written/typed physical snail-mail letter may carry more importance/weight to a politician.

  • db730

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    @horby said...

    I understand the importance of the state to keep all commerce within its borders closely regulated to ensure safety of its citizens from unfair practice. There has been a barrage of media attention and criticism to daily fantasy in recent weeks, some fair and some unfair, that has brought this matter to you attention for ruling.

    I am one of thousands of Illinois residents who play daily fantasy for enjoyment. It is a hobby of mine that I started playing in 2013. This calendar year I along with thousands of others will be contributing taxes from my winnings to our state which is in dire need of all forms of revenue.

    There are investigations ongoing at the federal level. All I ask is that you allow the federal investigations to complete before ruling on this subject. Many of our questions on legality and gambling will be answered at the conclusion of the federal investigations. There is no sense in ruling on a matter for which we do not have all of the information on.

    Please feel free to contact me via my phone number listed on this form if you would like more information on my experience with daily fantasy over the last two years.

    Thank you for your service to our state.

    I’d love to think that states will wait and see what comes from any Federal Investigation, but we really don’t know for sure if that is going to be the case. Nevada moved the needle (Much more than I even thought it would) and nothing negative can come from getting ahead of this…..while a lot of negatives can happen if we sit on our hands and wait.

  • table41a

    I thought states are just trying to force it (DFS) through their casinos and not necessarily ban it.

    If that’s true, wouldn’t it make more sense to craft the letters to these people in a way that explains why that wouldn’t be good as opposed to just telling them why they shouldn’t take it away?

  • broncs4sb

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    Great job STL and RG for getting this started. We need to fight this and let our thoughts be heard. Let’s mount up DFS community and get the thing we all love back!

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