Do Paid Fantasy Sports Leagues Violate Gambling Laws?
from the taking-the-fun-out dept
Perhaps online fantasy sports service providers have more to worry about than whether or not sports leagues can claim a copyright on player names and stats. Tech Law Advisor points to a new lawsuit filed by a lawyer who focuses on gambling laws. The lawyer claims that many paid online fantasy sports leagues violate state gambling laws. The actual filing is an interesting read (though it's still not entirely clear why he's filing this case) -- especially since much of the case seems to hinge on whether or not fantasy sports are "games of chance." This is the same argument that poker players have used to say that poker isn't covered by gambling laws (something the current administration claims is untrue, and lawmakers are working on clarifying). However, many fantasy sports players would likely claim that it's not a game of chance, but actually involves some element of skill, mixed with some element of luck. Just as in poker, you still need to play with the hand you're dealt. However, page after page of the complaint focuses on showing why fantasy sports really are a game of chance, including the fact that the players' and teams' interests often aren't aligned with the fantasy sports players', and that players might get injured or suspended. Either way, we haven't heard many stories of Gamblers' Anonymous meetings being overloaded with fantasy sports addicts.