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Investigation finds DraftKings employee did not have data before setting winning lineup

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A DraftKings employee who inadvertently published internal data before winning $350,000 on another fantasy draft website did not access information before setting his lineup, according to a recently concluded investigation by the Greenberg Traurig law firm. On Monday, ESPN reported that DraftKings content manager Ethan Haskell did not have the internal data until after locking up his lineup. Attorney John Pappalardo led the two-week outside investigation. Haskell had accidentally released the information on Sept. 27, after the early NFL kickoffs…

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Daily fantasy sports sites ordered to shut down in Nevada

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Nevada regulators ordered daily fantasy sports sites like DraftKings and FanDuel to shut down Thursday, saying the hard-to-miss sites that have flooded the marketplace with TV and Internet ads cannot operate in the state without a gambling license. The decision comes amid growing backlash by regulators and investigators, including New York’s attorney general, after it was revealed employees often played on competing sites, raising questions about possible insider information being used to win. Nevada regulators govern the country’s main gambling…

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New York Times fantasy sports ‘scandal’ is just that — fantasy

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Few can resist the allure of “major scandal.” Even fewer can resist assailing an easy target. Not even the venerable New York Times is immune from such bad habits, even though it should know better (shouldn’t it?) Covering the fantasy sports industry, which is described as a multibillion-dollar “unregulated business,” leave it to The Times to miss the mark entirely. A new article does no less than fabricate major scandal out of whole cloth, centered on the inadvertent release of non-public data.…

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Gambling or fun? Lawmakers may make call on fantasy sports

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As the NFL season kicks off, another big contest may be soon be played in the halls of the Florida Capitol. The growing fantasy sports industry, which is already subjecting television viewers to a barrage of wall-to-wall advertising with the new football season, is now setting its sights on getting the blessings of the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature. Two rival fantasy sports companies, FanDuel and DraftKings, have joined forces to hire one of Tallahassee’s most prominent lobbying firms led by a…

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