Two of the nation's largest fantasy sports websites were ordered to stop doing business with those residing in New York, The New York Times reported Tuesday.
According to the Times, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent a cease-and-desist letter to DraftKings and FanDuel. The news was also reported by ESPN and ABC News.
DraftKings and FanDuel have been declared illegal gambling sites by N.Y. Attorney General, according to letters obtained by ESPN & ABC News.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) 1447197333.0
JUST IN: NY Attorney General’s office determines DraftKings and FanDuel are illegal gambling sites; orders both to stop operating in NY.— ABC News (@ABC News) 1447196765.0
The letter reportedly instructed the two companies to stop taking bets from those in the Empire State, alleging the fantasy games constituted illegal gambling as defined by state law.
Earlier in the day, DraftKings had sent out a tweet urging users to immediately contact the New York attorney general to "protect" their "right to play daily fantasy in NY."
Hey New Yorkers -- RT to protect your right to play daily fantasy in NY! Contact the AG NOW! https://t.co/8Y0QlftYCb cc: @AGSchneiderman— DraftKings (@DraftKings) 1447192188.0
Fantasy sports have long argued their businesses do not constitute online gambling because playing is based on some skill and not only luck. However, as they have grown into multi-billion dollar businesses, they have attracted increased scrutiny.
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