Idaho AG Strikes Landmark Fantasy Sports Agreement With DraftKings and FanDuel 

click to enlarge VLADIMIR MUCIBABIC
  • Vladimir Mucibabic

Two high-profile online fantasy sports franchises have reached an agreement with the Idaho Attorney General's office to quit conducting paid contests in Idaho. The agreement, announced Monday, was with DraftKings and FanDuel, two of the nation's biggest companies offering paid fantasy sports contests. Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said the agreement with the two companies was reached after months of negotiation.

“The concern I have is that the paid daily sports offerings provided by these companies constitute gambling under Idaho law,” said Wasden in Monday's announcement. “My concern is that the daily fantasy sports offerings my office reviewed require participants to risk money for a cash prize contingent upon individual athletes’ collective performances in various future sporting events. As I see it, this falls within Idaho’s definition of gambling.”

Wasden said as of May 1, the two companies will not allow any consumers living in Idaho to participate in online fantasy football, baseball, basketball or other sports on the companies' websites.

Nothing in the agreement prevents FanDuel or DraftKings from offering free fantasy sports leagues or other free contests that might offer prizes to Idaho-based players. Wasden said the agreement does not constitute any admission of liability or evidence of wrongdoing by the companies.
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