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Popular websites FanDuel, DraftKings face legality battles

February 4, 2016

In the hype leading up to Super Bowl 50, daily fantasy sports websites like DraftKings and FanDuel have overtaken beer companies as the top advertisers for popular sporting events.  However, questions about the legality of the games continue to mount, and a recently filed Alabama lawsuit may help determine whether the games constitute gambling.  The federal suit was filed Nov. 18, 2015, in U.S. District Court in Birmingham by two Jefferson County men. Plaintiffs Sam Manzella and Robert Todd argue that the two dominant companies in the online fantasy sports business, DraftKings and FanDuel, are operating an illegal online sports betting business. The men want their money back, citing a 150-year-old state law that prohibits enforcement of gambling...

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