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  • db730

    RotoGrinders Media Director

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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/

  • depalma13

    @julieduke33 said...

    I live in Illinois , nice letter…also in Illinois you can legally gamble on horse racing all over the world on the internet so if one of their points of the illegality of it is being on Internet that makes no sense…

    Horse racing is governed by horse racing commissions in every state where it is available and is exempt from the UIGEA. DFS lives because the industry did not exist when the UIGEA was written and exploits a loophole in the law.

  • PJGuin23

    DFS Tax Guru

    PA residents, keep in mind you should be writing House Gaming Oversight members right now only and if nothing else the Chairs of them (Payne, Kotik) along with Rep Dunbar. Gum this up before if gets out of that hearing into the full House, Senate and ultimately Governor Wolf.

    Also, there are no details on the Amendment and there’s another hearing on November 10. Unlike Illinois and Florida, we got some time before moves are made on this. PA has to be by Statute, not a unilateral AG decision.

  • PJGuin23

    DFS Tax Guru

    Just contactedd:

    Dunbar
    Payne
    Kotik
    Davis
    Neilson (my parents Rep who they campaigned for)

    There’s more to do!

  • biggiesmails72

    Hey PJ can you post what you sent them as a template to use

  • Gwidman79

    I don’t live PA or Illinois butt I would be happy to pitch in. Would it be worthwhile to take out a full page ad in the papers in the respective states?

  • Ty6tuck3

    Vote for Donald Trump. If it creates jobs and tax revenue then he will get behind it. Problem solved
    I say that half joking, but on a serious note, if each letter or e-mail written to whomever it concerns in your respective states was accompanied with a brief summary of the jobs and tax revenues that DFS industry creates across the country it would be a powerful persuasive tool. I’m sure a basic overview of those stats could be obtained easily from DK or FD or any dfs company for that matter.
    It will be hard for our state politicians to dismiss that if its staring them in the face written in black and white!

  • stoptheinsanity

    @Ty6tuck3 said...

    Vote for Donald Trump. If it creates jobs and tax revenue then he will get behind it. Problem solved
    I say that half joking

    Half joking? The fact that you are half serious is terrifying.

  • hoop2410

    Leading RG Expert & Contributor, GrindersLive Host

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    I received a response from Michigan State Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. Curtis is in favor of fantasy sports and is currently looking to legalize it in Michigan. Please see the below response… (can mod please add Senator Rick Jones email to the main post?)

    Mike,

    Thank you for your email.

    I greatly appreciate your support. I will be sure to keep you in the loop as we move this process forward.

    I would first encourage you to contact the Committee Chair’s Office and urge him to hold a hearing on this legislation – Senator Rick Jones is the Chair of the Judiciary Committee where the bill has been referred. You may contact Senator Rick Jones via email at SenRJones@senate.michigan.gov.

    I will be in touch as I am confident that we will inevitably get a favorable hearing on this legislation.

    Again, thank you for your email. Please feel free to contact me if I may be of any assistance in the meantime.

    Curtis Hertel, Jr.
    State Senator
    District 23

  • misfit

    I want to stress to guys that writing anything at all is the important part.
    It does not have to be eloquent or even well written. Just saying please do not overreact or please keep dfs legal is fine. That shows you are a REAL person that took the time to write.
    Also, pure numbers will matter. Let us get as many people sending anything that we can. Now is not the time to be shy or hold back. 2 sentences is fine.

  • Markymichaels84

    As soon as Fanduel and DraftKings started to have so many commericals, ads, etc., I knew it would be coming to an end. It’s very upsetting because I love dfs. Hope it works out for the best.

  • db730

    RotoGrinders Media Director

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    @hoop2410 said...

    I received a response from Michigan State Senator Curtis Hertel Jr. Curtis is in favor of fantasy sports and is currently looking to legalize it in Michigan. Please see the below response… (can mod please add Senator Rick Jones email to the main post?)

    Mike,

    Thank you for your email.

    I greatly appreciate your support. I will be sure to keep you in the loop as we move this process forward.

    I would first encourage you to contact the Committee Chair’s Office and urge him to hold a hearing on this legislation – Senator Rick Jones is the Chair of the Judiciary Committee where the bill has been referred. You may contact Senator Rick Jones via email at SenRJones@senate.michigan.gov.

    I will be in touch as I am confident that we will inevitably get a favorable hearing on this legislation.

    Again, thank you for your email. Please feel free to contact me if I may be of any assistance in the meantime.

    Curtis Hertel, Jr.
    State Senator
    District 23

    Great to see you got a response Mike. I’ve added that to the list of contacts for Michigan.

  • RotoCoach

    Guys,

    For those writing letters, being eloquent isn’t nearly as important as being authentic. And while the petition & form letters that FD have up are great, 1 real genuine letter from a constituent is worth 50-100 of the form letter versions through Change.org or CapWiz or whatever they’re using.

    I’ve organized these kinds of grassroots efforts for a long time (professionally), and I can’t stress enough that staying positive and telling a story in these letters is enormously important. Keep them 2-4 paragraphs (1 page) and keep your points to things like the fun of competing against friends around the country, folks you’ve met/friendships you’ve made through DFS, if you write-that it gives you a creative outlet, how the little extra money you might make through DFS helps make ends meet, let’s your spouse or partner work less or be home with kids, helps you visit your family across country a couple times a year, or that you’re saving if for your kid’s college-basically anecdotal DFS stories that humanize what is right now being painted in the media as the wild west of online sports gambling.

    That is what gives these folks the political cover to do the right thing when it comes to DFS.

  • shockermandan

    • Moderator

    Good Morning Pam,

    I wanted to contact you in regards to maintaining the legality of fantasy sports, specifically Daily Fantasy Sports, in Florida. Daily Fantasy Sports provide not only a hobby for many of us but also provide employment opportunities which allow many of us to remain home while also supporting our families.

    Those employed in the Daily Fantasy Sports industry encompass not only professional players, but also analysts, bloggers and web developers. In addition to providing direct job opportunities, Daily Fantasy will also increase viewership, interaction and attendance to local professional sports.

    In a state with team(s) contemplating relocation due to a shrinking fan base, the additional exposure brought to these teams is extremely valuable.

    The recent issues with Daily Fantasy Sports have shed some negative light on the industry, but this negativity is manageable through additional oversight. The major players in the industry should have more than adequate capital to fund any costs relating to this additional oversight.

    Limiting or eliminating Floridian’s abilities to participate in Daily Fantasy Sports would be an overreaction to the recent media scrutiny, and the negative consequences would more than outweigh the benefits.

    Thanks,

  • ChrisGimino

    • 2015 DraftKings FFWC Finalist

    • 2016 DraftKings FBWC Finalist

    Ok Pa- Listen up because I just got a civics reminder from my local reps office…

    1. This idea is being voted on in committee. From what I understand, the worst case scenario is that it DOESN’T flow to another committee and goes right into the pile to be considered on the house floor.

    2. It is likely that another committee will rewiew the legislation before it hits the house floor.

    3. Once it is out of committee, it would then have to actually reach the floor – tons of legislation leaves committee but never gets a real look.

    4. There is no current budget in PA. this is by far the top priority and pretty much nothing else is going to get done until they approve a budget.

    5. if it actually gets to the floor, is debated, changed, and voted through —- it won’t be for a while

    6. it will have to then repeat the process in the state senate.

    7. Finally- governor has to sign it into law.

    Moral of the story: This is not close to coming to fruition. HOWEVER- that makes it more important that we stay vigilant and persistent in our opposition.

    http://www.pacapitol.com/Resources/PDF/Making-Law-In-PA.pdf

  • LSRDustin

    @ChrisGimino said...

    Ok Pa- Listen up because I just got a civics reminder from my local reps office…

    1. This idea is being voted on in committee. From what I understand, the worst case scenario is that it DOESN’T flow to another committee and goes right into the pile to be considered on the house floor.

    2. It is likely that another committee will rewiew the legislation before it hits the house floor.

    3. Once it is out of committee, it would then have to actually reach the floor – tons of legislation leaves committee but never gets a real look.

    4. There is no current budget in PA. this is by far the top priority and pretty much nothing else is going to get down until they approve a budget.

    5. if it actually gets to the floor, is debated, changed, and voted through —- it won’t be for a while

    6. it will have to then repeat the process in the state senate.

    7. Finally- governor has to sign it into law.

    Moral of the story: This is not close to coming to fruition. HOWEVER- that makes it more important that we stay vigilant and persistent in our opposition.

    http://www.pacapitol.com/Resources/PDF/Making-Law-In-PA.pdf

    There’s at least a chance DFS gets hastily thrown into a gaming expansion package along with online gambling regulation and other measures in PA. Which I would agree is not an optimal outcome for almost anyone.

    It’s not a certainty, but there is definitely a path where it could happen pretty quickly.

  • ChrisGimino

    • 2015 DraftKings FFWC Finalist

    • 2016 DraftKings FBWC Finalist

    @LSRDustin said...

    There’s at least a chance DFS gets hastily thrown into a gaming expansion package along with online gambling regulation and other measures in PA.

    #Murica the irony of getting exempted (UIGEA) and excluded in similar fashion.

  • PJGuin23

    DFS Tax Guru

    @ChrisGimino said...

    Ok Pa- Listen up because I just got a civics reminder from my local reps office…

    1. This idea is being voted on in committee. From what I understand, the worst case scenario is that it DOESN’T flow to another committee and goes right into the pile to be considered on the house floor.

    2. It is likely that another committee will rewiew the legislation before it hits the house floor.

    3. Once it is out of committee, it would then have to actually reach the floor – tons of legislation leaves committee but never gets a real look.

    4. There is no current budget in PA. this is by far the top priority and pretty much nothing else is going to get done until they approve a budget.

    5. if it actually gets to the floor, is debated, changed, and voted through —- it won’t be for a while

    6. it will have to then repeat the process in the state senate.

    7. Finally- governor has to sign it into law.

    Moral of the story: This is not close to coming to fruition. HOWEVER- that makes it more important that we stay vigilant and persistent in our opposition.

    http://www.pacapitol.com/Resources/PDF/Making-Law-In-PA.pdf

    Funny how people thought this was the last week for DFS in Pennsylvania. Far from it, but I see this as a casino company powerplay. And as I harped on 1000x, our legislature is a dysfunctional mess that can’t find its way out of a paper bag right now. Online gambling passed the Senate gaming Committee 18-8 and never saw the light of day after that. And as I said before blanket iGaming bans had sponsors for the past 5 years in a row (Rep Tom Murt leading those) AGAIN landed in the garbage pile.

  • ElSlappo

    I haven’t heard about my state banning DFS yet (Nebraska) but I am sending letters to both Senators and the House rep. Focusing on keeping it legal, and the benefits of tax income and employment.

  • Neiderman

    • 2016 DraftKings FBWC Finalist

    Any updates on Missouri and DFS? Should I be contacting someone? Willing to pitch and and speak out just confused on who and what to do. I already signed the FD petition.

  • bothfeef

    When writing letters to politicians, as disingenuous as it is, refer to them as The Honorable ______. That’s what we did while I was working in Gov Relations in DC.

  • jaywalker72

    • 2016 DraftKings FFWC Finalist

    • 2015 FanDuel WFFC Finalist

    I am in — I have written personal online letters to my AG, State Rep and State Senator for my area here in Seminole County, FL. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Good luck to all who makes their voices heard!

  • Keytonic

    Pennsylvania resident here. Wrote a letter, and hope it never ends here, or anywhere. I think not only reaching out to politicians, but the sports organizations, ESPN, CBS, Yahoo, etc should all be voicing their concerns to politicians. I for one will be done with sports period if there is no DFS. I will cancel my subscriptions to other sites since I will no longer need the insight / service. I will cancel my sports package, and I will no longer buy any MLB, NFL, NHL, etc. merchandise. I believe this isn’t only going to hurt dfs and the dfs community, but it will ripple over and hurt everything to do with sports as well. This is a big affect that could be felt across the sports world with a lot of jobs and incomes lost. I feel the politicians need to hold their horses and say “Whoa, this is a big business and we should not step in and screw it up, and lose many more jobs”

  • MrWorldwide

    Couldn’t agree more Keytonic…..I may watch a little football or baseball here or there, but nothing like I do now. And for someone to think that if DFS is taken away, that I will go to a casino instead is just stupid.
    A matter of fact it will be just the opposite. You couldn’t pay me to go to Vegas right now, I’M SO pissed at all of their political leaders, Casino lobby, etc. and I sure as hell am not going to spend my money at the casinos here in Florida if the same thing happens here!! This will have a HUGE Negative effect in so many different ways.

  • gosixersgo76

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    I’m in Pennsylvania and I just sent out an email to the 2 officers, majority, and minority. I just copy and pasted my message for the minority and for the majority most of them had their actual email address listed so I copied and pasted their emails to yahoo and just sent one bulk email to all of them.

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

  • Jwest27

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    Any thoughts on MLB or NBA getting involved? I know if DFS is banned in PA I will no longer require a NBA league pass or MLB package. I would hope the leagues would protect their revenue stream and help us out

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