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Texas Gov. Abbott Highly Critical Of NFL For Stance On State's Controversial Bathroom Bill

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 02 / 15 / 17

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is "blasting the NFL for raising the prospect that Texas' so-called 'bathroom bill' could impact future events in the state -- wading into a debate he has so far mostly steered clear of," according to Patrick Svitek of the TEXAS TRIBUNE. Abbott yesterday said, "The NFL is wa...

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Virginia Signs Law To Regulate Fantasy

A first-of-its-kind bill to regulate both daily and season-long fantasy sports contests "has been signed into law in Virginia," according to Kimberly Pierceall of the Norfolk VIRGINIAN-PILOT. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed SB646 yesterday before the midnight deadline "without requesting amendm ...

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FanDuel To Stop Cash Games In Texas

FanDuel will "cease taking paid entries for cash prizes" in Texas on May 2, under a "settlement with the state" announced by Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday, according to Asher Price of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. DraftKings within an hour of the announcement "sued Paxton in state dist ...

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Virginia Pols Pass Bill Setting Up DFS Structure

The Virginia legislature yesterday became the "first in the country to pass bills setting up a legal structure for daily fantasy contests," according to Graham Moomaw of the RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH. There was "little debate over the legislation that cleared the General Assembly," but it was "opposed ...

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DraftKings, FanDuel Begin Appeal In N.Y.

FanDuel and DraftKings late yesterday each submitted opening briefs with the N.Y. Appellate Court, arguing that daily fantasy is a game of skill, and that lower courts erred in granting state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman a restraining order against the pair. That order has now been stayed pend ...

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DFS Industry Launches Major Lobbying Push

Facing legal questions that "could threaten its survival, the fantasy-sports industry has initiated a lobbying blitz in statehouses across the country," according to Alexandra Berzon of the WALL STREET JOURNAL. The effort is being coordinated by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, FanDuel and ...

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DraftKings' Latest Funding Round Takes A Hit

DraftKings recently raised about $70M from investors, a "sharp drop from the company’s previous investment rounds as it fights regulatory battles across the country," according to sources cited by Curt Woodward of the BOSTON GLOBE. A source said that investors "did not assign a fixed valuation ...

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Citi Blocks Card Use For DFS In New York

The daily fantasy sports industry was "dealt a new blow Friday when Citigroup said it would begin blocking New Yorkers’ debit and credit card payments" on FanDuel and DraftKings, according to Bogdanich, Glanz & Williams of the N.Y. TIMES. Citi in a statement said that it would "block the p ...

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Vantiv To Stop Working With DFS Companies

Vantiv Entertainment Solutions, a payment processing company that handles a "significant number of transactions" for DraftKings and FanDuel, notified the operators last week that it "would no longer handle their payments and in fact was leaving the industry altogether," according to Joe Drape of the ...

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Hawaii AG Latest To Declare DFS Illegal Gambling

Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin yesterday issued a formal opinion that daily fantasy sports contests "constitute illegal gambling under state law," according to Craig Gima of the HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER. Chin in a release said, "Gambling generally occurs under Hawaii law when a person stakes or r ...

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FSTA Ads Denounce Calif. Assemblyman

The Fantasy Sports Trade Association has "launched an advertising campaign targeting" California Assemblyman Marc Levine, who labeled daily fantasy sports as "illegal gambling and voted against authorizing it in law," according to Jeremy White of the SACRAMENTO BEE. Levine has argued DFS i ...

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