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Pro Sports Teams Show Increased Support For LGBTQ Community With Pride Nights

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 09 / 28 / 16

U.S. sports leagues are "increasingly sending the message" that LGBTQ fans are "welcome" at venues, according to Jeff Green of BLOOMBERG NEWS. So far this year, about "three dozen professional baseball, soccer, and women’s basketball teams have hosted pride nights." NBA Chief Diversity & I...

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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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Pope Francis, Vatican To Launch Sports Conference

Pope Francis will "make sports a focus of his papacy’s third global initiative on education, following his efforts to highlight income disparity and climate change," according to John Ourand in this week's SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. The Vatican is "launching a multifaith sports conference in Octo ...

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Cuban Responds To Texas AG On DFS

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton's opinion that wagering on DFS could be considered illegal gambling "cast a cloud" over the Fantasy Sports Trade Association convention yesterday, as "hundreds of people gathered at the Omni Dallas Hotel to discuss legal challenges across the country tha ...

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Texas AG Deems DFS Illegal In State

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton yesterday issued an opinion that daily fantasy sports contests "violate Texas laws against gambling," according to a front-page piece by Chuck Lindell of the AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN. Paxton added that DFS operators also "violate gambling laws by keeping a portion ...

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DFS Sites Receive Stay Of Injunction In New York

DraftKings and FanDuel yesterday received a permanent stay of the injunction against them from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The decision by a panel of judges from the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court allows the daily fantasy sports companies to continue operating in t ...

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California Passes Bill Regulating DFS Industry

California yesterday "became the first state to pass a bill regulating daily fantasy sports through a committee hearing," handing the industry "an important, preliminary victory in its fight to stay afloat in the crucial state," according to Ryan Kartje of the ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER. The Califo ...

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FanDuel Establishes Foothold In Orlando

Ever since FanDuel hired about 40 new Florida employees in May, the N.Y.-based company has "nearly doubled its Orlando workforce" and has "gone all-in" on the city, according to Marco Santana of the ORLANDO SENTINEL. Meanwhile, the company "remains hopeful Florida lawmakers can pass a bill to establ ...

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