A Sure Bet? The Legal Status of Daily Fantasy Sports

5 Pace Intellectual Property, Sports & Entertainment Law Forum 1 (2016)

21 Pages Posted: 22 Jun 2016 Last revised: 10 Jul 2016

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Marc Edelman

City University of New York - Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business; Fordham University School of Law

Date Written: March 16, 2016

Abstract

This keynote address, delivered at Pace Law School on March 16, 2016, provides an overview of the legal status of “daily fantasy sports” and explains why the legality — or illegality — of the industry is not a sure bet. It begins by providing a brief background of the origins of fantasy sports, and then turns to the impact of technologies such as the Internet, and the legal status of these games under both federal and state laws. It concludes by discussing the recent efforts to regulate “daily fantasy sports” through the courts and legislation.

Keywords: sports law, gaming law, gambling law, fantasy sports, daily fantasy sports, DraftKings, FanDuel, gambling policy, gaming, gaming law, sports gambling

JEL Classification: L83, K2, K21, K14, K1, I3, I18, H71, H7, H2, D6, D42, L8

Suggested Citation

Edelman, Marc, A Sure Bet? The Legal Status of Daily Fantasy Sports (March 16, 2016). 5 Pace Intellectual Property, Sports & Entertainment Law Forum 1 (2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2798905

Marc Edelman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Baruch College, Zicklin School of Business ( email )

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New York, NY 10010
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Fordham University School of Law ( email )

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