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Ordered To Stop, Fantasy Sports Companies Turn To NY Court

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The two biggest daily fantasy sports companies have asked a New York judge stop the state's attorney general from ordering them to halt their business operations.

Court papers filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on Friday show FanDuel and DraftKings are both seeking a judge's ruling on the legality of their business.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent the companies cease-and-desist letters, charging the games were based on chance, not skill, and thus in violation of state gambling laws.

In court papers, both companies argue the opposite. They say daily fantasy sports are actually more skill-based than season-long fantasy sports, which are legal in New York.

They also charge Schneiderman threatened their business partners and payment processors.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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