Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fantasy Sports Leagues under Fire

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Fantasy Sports Leagues under Fire

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A Monmouth County congressman is calling for a hearing to review the legality of daily fantasy sports, a burgeoning industry that has been the source of extensive advertising campaigns in recent weeks.

"Anyone who watched a game this weekend was inundated by commercials for fantasy sports websites, and it's only the first week of the NFL season," U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, a Democrat, said in a statement. "Despite how mainstream these sites have become, the legal landscape governing these activities remains murky and should be reviewed."

The major sports leagues and many individual teams have forged partnerships with leading industry players such as DraftKings and FanDuel, while simultaneously continuing a legal battle that so far has prevented New Jerseyans from participating in Las Vegas-style sports betting at state racetracks and casinos.

League commissioners have said they either want sports betting to remain illegal or to be allowed under federal oversight -- not on a state-by-state basis like horse racing.

"Fans are currently allowed to risk money on the performance of an individual player. How is that different than wagering money on the outcome of a game? …

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