“This Week In Daily” is LegalSportsReport’s weekly wrap of key facts, happenings and miscellany from the daily fantasy sports industry.
It was a pretty busy week if you followed the legal issues in the DFS industry. First, we learned that a congressman asked for a hearing on DFS. Then we learned that such a hearing is likely to happen, according to the chair of the committee in question. The Las Vegas Review-Journal said Congress should stay out of it.
And all that came after a contentious debate on Twitter following a front-page Washington Post story that touched the legality of DFS. Based on comments from DraftKings’ CEO Jason Robins saying that DFS is “clearly legal,” LSR’s Chris Grove gave a realistic assessment of the industry’s legal standing, in this snapshot in time.
Where’s it all headed? We don’t know. What we do know, is the battle for DFS on the legal front is just starting to heat up.
The mainstream media was amazed by all the DraftKings and FanDuel commercials, and we previewed what Week 2 of the NFL season will look like on that front. Everyone from New York Times to the Wall Street Journal did a story talking about the ad blitz, at least in part.
Digiday actually did a story about how negative the reaction to the commercials was on social media, even though overall positive mentions of DraftKings and FanDuel were high.
Forbes’ Darren Heitner had the best take we read on the potential Congressional hearing. This should be required reading, no matter where you stand on the DFS spectrum on the legal vs. illegal or skill vs. gambling debate.
Draft Ops joined the commercial fray with a spot on Monday Night Football featuring Rich Eisen. And that came after it did a major deal with some pro teams in Washington, D.C.
— Peter Jennings (@CSURAM88) September 18, 2015
— grand theft d’arnaud (@CajoleJuiceEsq) September 17, 2015
— Chad Hancher (@baseballsDFS) September 16, 2015
The approximate number of commercials aired by DraftKings and FanDuel during the course of the first week of the NFL season, according to the NYT.