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Revealed: Florida fantasy games players sue FanDuel


Lesley EcclesA new lawsuit has been filed in Florida against 50 companies and individuals involved with FanDuel and DraftKings, the two biggest operators in daily fantasy sports games.

Two daily fantasy sports games customers are targeting companies and individuals that have either invested in daily fantasy sports companies or facilitated this form of gaming.

The two daily fantasy sports players suing are ID’d in the SI report as Antonio Gomez and John Gerecs.

The plaintiffs are represented by Florida attorney Ervin Gonzalez.


Among the defendants are James Dolan’s MSG Sports as well as Entertainment and Legends Hospitality, which are co-owned by the Yankees and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

The NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS plus major media companies Turner Sports, Time Warner, NBC Sports Comcast Ventures are also among the high-profile defendants in the 132-page complaint that was filed on Saturday morning.

This latest action comes after a  Brooklyn player filed a class-action lawsuit against the gaming websites.

The basis of these actions appears to be that customers who believe they are just playing sports games are being drawn into gambling and thereby losing money.

Michael McCann, an analyst writing for US paper Sports Illustrated, said: “Gonzalez’s basic theory of liability is that DraftKings and FanDuel have engaged in illegal gambling and deceptive practices under Florida and federal laws and that the banks, leagues and other companies negligently failed to realise that they were investing and partnering with illegal gambling operations.”

New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman recently issued the two companies with cease and desist letters ordering them to half their activities in the state.

FanDuel and DraftKings have lodged counter measures to fight the order.

Lesley Eccles (pictured) and her husband Nigel launched FanDuel in Edinburgh and it is now co-headquartered in the city and in New York. It is reckoned to be worth $1 billion, making it one of only two “unicorns” in Scotland.


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