No more March Madness: DraftKings and FanDuel have actually agreed to suspend the offering of DFS contests on NCAA games.
Even though the 2016 Men’s NCAA nationwide Championship finished in spellbinding drama yesterday and Kris Jenkins’ sizzling, match-winning shot in the final micro-second of the blew our tiny small minds, that is most likely the last year ever that fans should be able to ramp up the enjoyment of March Madness through DFS contests.
Both DraftKings and FanDuel have voluntarily agreed this week to close the drafts on college-level and sports that are amateur. This follows just what a FanDuel spokesperson described as ‘months of productive conversations’ with the NCAA, as well as state legislators, during which both organizations heard their concerns about the effect of dream recreations on college-level and amateur athletics.
Both Indiana and Virginia, which in 2010 became the states that are first regulate DFS in the US, included provisions inside their legislation that the contests must not be based on university competitions.
‘It is clear that this is an issue that matters to a variety of constituencies and we feel that the path that is best forward is to suspend offering these contests pending quality regarding the problem within state legislatures,’ said FanDuel.
‘We supported all of these efforts, and going ahead we will earnestly help bills containing the prov […]