Draft Ops' About-Face Could Hurt Daily Fantasy Sports

Law360, New York (June 8, 2016, 11:29 PM EDT) -- In a strange turn of events, the company behind daily fantasy sports operator Draft Ops told a Minnesota federal court its contests are illegal in the state in an attempt to void a sponsorship agreement with the Minnesota Wild, a move experts said is bizarre and potentially harmful to the industry’s ongoing legal fight across the U.S.

The state of the daily fantasy sports, or DFS, industry has been in flux for months as several state regulators and attorneys general have determined the contests to be forms of illegal gambling under respective state laws and in some cases gone after the...

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