Illinois Attorney, Lisa Madigan, followed the lead of her New York equivalent by putting daily fantasy sports (DFS) in the category of gambling and thus illegal under Illinois state law. This spells bad news for dedicated daily fantasy sports fans in the Prairie State as they will no longer have access to their favorite fantasy sports website. Let’s take a look at what exactly this legal decision means.
FanDuel and DraftKings Forced to Kick Out Illinois Players
Madigan made her decision last Wednesday and forced DraftKings and FanDuel to include Illinois as a state whose residents cannot participate in their contests. Madigan made this decision because Illinois state law explicitly places any games that are played for money, whether based on skill or chance, as illegal. She also made it known that she herself does not condone fantasy sports. “It is my opinion that daily fantasy sports contests constitute illegal gambling under Illinois law.”
Similar Fate For DFS in New York
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman bestowed the same fate on daily fantasy sports in New York back in November. However, players are still able to play on DraftKings or FanDuel currently due to an interim stay that will remain in place until January 4th, 2016.
DraftKings Statement on the Daily Fantasy Sports Ban in Illinois
A member of the DraftKings’ legal team stated:
“the company intends to promptly seek a judicial resolution of its right to offer daily fantasy sports contests to Illinois residents. As it does so, it will continue to abide by all relevant laws and will follow the direction of the courts. Pending that resolution the company will preserve the status quo.”