A few hundred users and (mostly) employees of daily fantasy sites gathered outside the lower Manhattan offices of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman this morning, three days after the AG ordered the DFS sites to stop accepting wagers in New York. Both DraftKings and FanDuel are prepared to fight this one out in the courts, but bright and early today, they took it to the streets.
Reporters are on the scene. Because there’s no way in hell I could ever be up and out of the house by 8 a.m. (seems an oddly early start for these sites’ target demographic), we’ll turn to their Tweets for a look-in at how it’s going.
Honestly, sounds like a pretty good turnout for a hastily arranged, early-morning protest. And if many of the people in attendance were DraftKings or FanDuel employees, that’s fine: they stand to lose the most from the government shutting down DFS for PR reasons. Daily fantasy should be legal and regulated—all sports betting should be legal and regulated—and the best we can hope for from the AG’s crackdown is some sort of compromise that lets people lose their money fairly and how they want to.