State Supreme Court Judge Strikes Down New York DFS Law

The future of daily fantasy sports (DFS) in New York is in doubt after a judge ruled that the online games violate the state constitution’s broad prohibition on commercial betting.

Albany County Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly ruled late Friday in favor of four state residents and an anti-gambling organization that had challenged the state’s 2016 law allowing DFS, describing the games as gambling, not a contest, and therefore illegal in the state.

Connolly ruled that fantasy sports players either win or lose money based on the performance of their fantasy teams, and therefore, the games are akin to gambling and require an amendment to the state constitution to be legal in New York.

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