BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) – Idaho Attorney General
Lawrence Wasden announced that executives at FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc.,
two companies offering paid daily fantasy sports contests, agreed to stop
providing those contests to consumers in Idaho.
“The concern I have is that the paid daily sports offerings
provided by these companies constitute gambling under Idaho law,” Wasden said.
“I have a duty to enforce and uphold that law.
I commend the companies for negotiating in good faith and agreeing not
to make these contests available in Idaho.”
The settlement does not bar the two companies from
continuing to offer free daily fantasy sports games to consumers in Idaho.
“Idaho defines gambling, in part, as risking money or other
thing of value for gain that is contingent in whole or part upon chance or the
outcome of an event, including a sporting event,” Wasden said. “My concern is
that the daily fantasy sports offerings my office reviewed require participants
to risk money for a cash prize contingent upon individual athletes’ collective
performances in various future sporting events. As I see it, this falls within
Idaho’s definition of gambling.”
The agreement does not constitute an admission of wrongdoing
by either of the two companies.