Over the last year or so, the biggest controversy has been whether daily fantasy sports leagues were illegal gambling. This led to the leagues, most notably DraftKings and FanDuel, being declared illegal and banned from multiple states across the country, including New York.
Now the controversy has spread into an even bigger situation. It was reported by ESPN’s David Purdum on Thursday that DraftKings and FanDuel will both stop offering contests in college sports, which was already controversial in and of itself.
Breaking: DraftKings, FanDuel to suspend contests on college sports indefinitely in all states in agreement with NCAA. Story filed to ESPN.
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) March 31, 2016
The termination of college sports contests came as part of an agreement with the NCAA. The association released a statement regarding the situation.
“We appreciate and commend DraftKings and FanDuel’s action to stop offering contests involving college, high school and youth sports,” the NCAA said in a statement. “This action culminates months of hard work between all parties to reach a place that is good for amateur sports and most importantly, the young people who participate. We will work diligently with our member schools over the coming year to ensure such amateur sports ‘carve outs’ are included in pending states’ legislation.”
Both leagues released statements on the agreement as well, saying that they both felt it was best to end these contests as they could end up being a bigger issue in state legislatures in the coming years if they continued.
As a fan of these daily fantasy leagues, I am sad to see the college sports go, but it is just another case of these athletes being exploited for money while not getting any proper compensation. In the end, it was the best thing to happen.
What do you think fans? Should these companies be allowed to continue their involvement in college sports?
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