The Week in Review: Fantasy Sports in the Hot Seat

Gabriella Schwarz / October 16, 2015

Fantasy sports came under increased heat this week with an exposé in The New York Times detailing rampant sports gambling rings that often operate illegally. Since 2006, the U.S. government has prosecuted more than two dozen gambling rings that took in $10 billion in sports bets, according to the report. But that is only a fraction of the betting that takes place each year. Because the sites are located in countries where gambling is legal, American prosecutors have limited authority over the rings that often fund criminal enterprises.

“People would argue that it’s a victimless crime, and it’s not,” Richard A. Brown, the Queens district attorney, told The Times. “Those who participate in it often use threats and intimidation.”

Few laws are currently on the books to regulate the constantly growing industry that’s operated under an exemption to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006, which outlawed online poker and sports betting. But on Thursday, Nevada regulators ruled that playing daily fantasy sports should be considered gambling. The Nevada Gaming Commission ordered websites like DraftKings and FanDuel to cease operating until they obtain gambling licenses.

“It should give other states pause because if it’s perceived as gambling here, then how can they even offer it when sports betting is legal in their states,” Nevada lawyer David Gzesh told The Times.

The fantasy conversation and news comes at an important time of year for professional sports. The World Series is scheduled to start on October 27, the same day the NBA kicks off.

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~GabyS is reading Seattle Seahawks