NY Appeals Court Allows Fantasy Sites to Operate Temporarily

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Fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel heard some bad then good news in New York courtrooms Friday.

Friday a judge upheld Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s ruling that the two sites cannot operate in the state of New York because they involve gambling.

Then according to the Wall Street Journal, just hours later in an appeals court, a judge granted an emergency stay to the earlier ruling.

The stay allows the fantasy sports sites to continue operations in New York until January 4th when the case goes up for further debate.

Attorney General Schneiderman was pleased with the judge’s initial ruling today.

“We’re very pleased with the court’s decision,” said Schneiderman. “The judge wrote a very straightforward opinion adresing every issue upholding our contention that DraftKings and FanDuel are in fact illegal gambling enterprises under the law of the state of New York. It’s my job to enforce the law and that’s what we did today.”

FanDuel and DraftKings say their sites are a game of skill and do not constitute gambling.

There are reportedly 600,000 people in New York who use their sites.

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