DraftKings Appeals NY Injunction

Draft Kings ClearDraftKings cited horse racing and spelling bees as it appealed the preliminary injunction imposed against daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators in New York.

The court that sided with state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in his battle to ban DFS operators “abused its discretion” and committed several errors of law when it imposed the injunction in December, DraftKings argued in an appeal filed this week.

The company claims that a preliminary injunction banning ban DraftKings and FanDuel in New York should be thrown out because Schneiderman “did not come close to carrying the burden” of proving that the law is on his side.

“The court applied the wrong legal standard, and ignored the undisputed evidence, in finding that daily fantasy sports contests are games of chance,” the company argued in its filing.

Judge Manuel Mendez was persuaded to impose the injunction after Schneiderman’s office suggested that “a small number of professional gamblers profit at the expense of casual players”.

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