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The Wall Street Journal: N.Y. judge rules daily fantasy sports are gambling, in blow to DraftKings, FanDuel

A state judge in Albany dealt a blow to New York’s fantasy sports businesses on Friday by ruling their daily contests were a form of gambling that the state constitution prohibits.

The decision knocked down a 2016 state law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo that said the offerings of sites like DraftKings and FanDuel were permitted games of skill. Both companies allow players to buy into pools where they build fantasy rosters of sports figures and win prizes based on how they perform. They said the games aren’t gambling because they relied on players’ skill.

Legislation was introduced and enacted after former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sued the companies in 2015.

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