Fantasy football under fire

If you’ve turned on the television this year, you’ve probably seen an ad for Daily Fantasy Sports.

They promise easy money and the ability to play a new season every week.

The two front runners, DraftKings and FanDuel, have recently been taking heat for insider trading accusations and whether or not it’s gambling.

Insider trading is referring to employees from one site using data about player performance and how often they are selected, and then playing on the other site.

While there has been no definitive proof, questions began to be asked after one employee won $350,000 in one week.

Since then, each company has created a policy that prohibits workers from participating on any site.

However, none of this really matters if DraftKings and FanDuel are illegal. Recently, New York and Nevada has deemed them internet gambling.

Over Thanksgiving weekend, DraftKings and FanDuel appeared in a New York courtroom, to discuss to the ban.

They argue it is a game of skill. One of their main points is that they have players who are consistently at the top.

While you can’t claim the same for slots, you can for poker.

Doyle Brunson, Stu Unger, and Johnny Chan, have each won the Main Event at The World Series of Poker multiple times.

Gambling can involve skill. While the lottery and scratch tickets are pure luck, games like Poker and Black Jack take strategy.

While you could go all way having no idea what you’re doing, the chances are near to none.

The players on the field control what they do. You could decide a player will have a great game, and they could tear their ACL on the first play.

Even though it fits my definition of gambling, there is really no debate to have. It is legal.

In the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, it clearly states that online fantasy sports involving cash prizes are legal.

While it is widely considered a loophole, it comes down to the fact the DraftKings and FanDuel have the only support that matters: The support of the law.