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Will Daily Fantasy Leagues Last?

The writers at First and Ten Sports don’t participate in daily fantasy leagues. We get our fix from season-long and Pick’em leagues (thankfully). When ESPN’s league management tools moved over to Draft Kings, we had to sign up. This morning we received a message from the Draft Kings co-founders about the scandal that has arisen from allegations of cheating by employees.

(Boston, MA 091115 ) Draftkings’ banners are hung at South Station in Boston, Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. Staff Photo by Chitose Suzuki

The New York Times wrote on Monday, “the two major fantasy companies were forced to release statements defending their businesses’ integrity after what amounted to allegations of insider trading, that employees were placing bets using information not generally available to the public.

The statements were released after an employee at DraftKings, one of the two major companies, admitted last week to inadvertently releasing data before the start of the third week of N.F.L. games. The employee, a midlevel content manager, won $350,000 at a rival site, FanDuel, that same week.”

Here’s the message we received:

In further developments, the New York State AG’s office has opened an inquiry into the operations of both Kings and Fan Duel. Does this change your mind about daily Fantasy leagues in any way? Will you continue to play?

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