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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Gambling/Fantasy companies being investigated as sports leagues hide. I wrote about this months ago but was ignored.

Summary of my posts on Gambling/Fantasy companies and the obvious greedy hypocrisy of leagues and networks was in my previous post:

Gambling or fantasy? The only fantasy is people pretending it's not gambling. Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Now this:

New York Attorney General Opens Inquiry Into Fantasy Sports Sites
By JOE DRAPE and JACQUELINE WILLIAMS OCT. 6, 2015


... two leading companies, DraftKings and FanDuel ...

allowed their employees — many with information not available to customers — to play at each other’s sites and win large amounts of money continued to rattle the sports world...

Major League Baseball, which owns a stake in DraftKings and has a sponsorship deal with it, said in a statement that it had a policy that “prohibits its own players and employees from participating in fantasy baseball games where money or something of value is at stake, and did not know that the situation was different at DraftKings.”

“We have reached out and discussed this matter with them,” it said...

Critics have complained that the setup is hardly different from Las Vegas-style gambling that is normally banned in the sports world...

Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys and Robert K. Kraft of the New England Patriots have stakes in DraftKings.

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Links in my previous post include reports that Major League Baseball invested in Draftkings.

The insidious practice of integrating advertising and advice from employees at MLB Network continued at least through Oct. 5, 2015 and maybe even Oct. 6.  It will be interesting to see if that is still the case Oct. 7 after the news of the investigation spreads.

That statement quoted above that the baseball league prohibits its players and employees from participating was news to me and to anyone with whom I had spoken about this.  Does that include the team owners?  What about family and friends of players and employees?  And how could that policy possibly be enforced, especially with the Internet to hide such activity?

Has there been a sighting of commissioner Manfred the A-Rod Slayer?  Rob Manfred could not even improve the pace of play as evidenced by the painful return of batters walking around between each pitch and all manner of jerking around.

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