The following press release can be found in its original form at this link from PR Newswire:
PR Newswire: Small Businesses of Fantasy Sports - A Trade Association, March 29, 2016
ALBANY, N.Y., March 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A newly formed coalition of small fantasy sports business operators and vendors has joined forces in an attempt to amend proposed legislation in New York State that would impose an onerous $500,000 fee in order to be licensed to operate fantasy sports contests in the state. The new association has formed in opposition to DraftKings and FanDuel, both of which support the New York legislation.Read more
The following article can be found in its original form at this link from the Associated Press:
Associated Press: Geoff Mulvihill, March 27,2016
Smaller companies in the exploding fantasy sports industry say they could be shut out of doing business in some states by legislation that is actually intended to recognize the games' legality.Read more
Here is an example of FanDuel co-opting the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA)'s Fantasy Sports For All list in order to push their own agenda to get New York players to support this proposed law. The Fantasy Sports For All email list was marketed by all FSTA member companies in order to unite fantasy players.
DraftKings used the Fantasy Sports For All list a few days later to do the exact same thing. Multiple small operators voiced their opposition and requested a retraction.
Was their a retraction or even a response to that request from the FSTA?
No, there was not.
Did small operators subsequently get the opportunity to use the Fantasy For All list and say not to support the proposed New York law in its current form?
Of course not.Read more
Below is an email sent from Dave Gerczak--a fantasy sports small business owner and co-founder of the SBFSTA--on March 18, to FSTA Board members Paul Charchian, Peter Schoenke, Rick Wolf and others offering a proposed solution that could have resolved the lobbying conflict of interest and ensured the FSTA would lobby for all member companies, not just two.
This email's substance was affirmed by multiple small operators to the group. It went without a response from the FSTA in any way, shape or form.
From: Dave Gerczak - The FFPC
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2016 2:19pm
To: Paul Charchian
Cc: (redacted 15 other recipients for privacy purposes)
Subject: Re: Fanduel's call to support the terrible NY fantasy law
Kindly permit me this lengthy email as I weigh in. I have also attached a copy in Word if that is easier to read.Read more
The following article can be found in its original form at this link from the Legal Sports Report:
Legal Sports Report: Dustin Gouker, March 23, 2016
Both states include initial licensing fees of $50,000. That might not seem like much, and in reality it’s pocket change to DraftKings and FanDuel in exchange for legal clarity and access to ‘x’ market.
For everyone else? Paying out $50,000 up front is a big ask for access to a pair of mid-size markets that likely won’t generate that much in revenue for small operators in the short-term.Read more
Indiana Lobbying Effort Never Fought For Small Business
Below is an email sent from Scott Atkins of Scout Fantasy on March 11, 2016 at 1:21 pm to FSTA President Paul Charchian, Rotowire’s Peter Schoenke, Jay Correia of DreamCo, Alex Kaganovsky of FFPC & Dave Gerczak of FFPC:
This is the video from the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee's meeting on March 7, 2016. SBFSTA Outreach Director Michael Nazarek from FFMastermind.com along with representatives from FanDuel and DraftKings speak to the board, with the SBFSTA's work in Virginia being recognized by the board as well.Read more
The following article can be found in its original form at this link from the Virginian-Pilot:
Virginian-Pilot: Kimberly Pierceall, March 6, 2016
A first-of-its-kind bill to regulate both daily and seasonlong fantasy football, basketball and baseball contests, among others, has been signed into law in Virginia.Read more