DraftKings and FanDuel launch NYC ban fightback

Fantasy football companies DraftKings and FanDuel have launched a fightback against attempts by the New York attorney who wants to have the companies banned.

Attorney general Eric Schneiderman earlier this week declared that fantasy sports were illegal under New York law, issuing each company with a cease and desist motion, which has resulted in both companies launching separate lawsuits against the AG.

Schneiderman said: "It is clear that DraftKings and FanDuel are the leaders of a massive, multibillion-dollar scheme intended to evade the law and fleece sports fans across the country.”

A DraftKings spokesperson wrote in a statement: “Today, we have taken decisive legal action to prevent a unilateral, misinformed and legally misguided attempt by the New York Attorney General to act as ‘judge, jury and executioner’ for daily fantasy sports in New York.

“We are asking the New York Supreme Court to rule that the Attorney General’s cease-and-desist letter is unconstitutional, an abuse of discretion, and simply wrong.”

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