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Response to Texas AG’s Opinion on DFS

Response to Texas AG’s Opinion on DFS

Today, we issued the following statement in response to Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s opinion (attributed to John S. Kiernan, counsel to FanDuel and Partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP):

“Today’s advisory opinion by the Attorney General of Texas is founded on a misinterpretation of the law and misunderstanding of the facts about fantasy sports. Fantasy sports has always been a legal contest of skill in Texas. The Texas legislature has expressly recognized that payment of an entry fee to compete for prizes in a contest of skill is not illegal gambling. Texans have long enjoyed participating legally in a wide variety of contests on that basis. The Attorney General’s advisory prediction that a Texas court might think fantasy sports fall outside that protection because fantasy sports contestants are not actually participating in the sports events disregards that the selection of a fantasy roster to compete against other contestants’ selections is a separate valid contest of skill all its own.”

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