Statement on Appeals Court Ruling

Albany, NY– Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers can continue to participate in daily fantasy sports, according to today’s ruling by a New York State Appeals Court.  

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer (R-C-I, Amherst) has released the following statement:

“Today’s ruling gives the green light to New York residents to participate again in daily fantasy sports, an activity enjoyed in many states across the nation.  I applaud the court’s decision to protect the rights of individuals and businesses to engage in this type of commerce.  Time and time again, New York state continues to stand in the way of new commerce, from Uber to DraftKings, by over-regulation or outright banning.”

Senator Ranzenhofer has authored legislation to clarify fantasy sports leagues, such as DraftKings and FanDuel, as games of skill rather than games of chance.  The bill, S.6092, adopts existing language used in Federal law regulating internet gaming with certain criteria to designate a game of skill.