Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders may be behind the times on certain cyber-activities, but he was ahead of the curve when it came to daily fantasy sports, taking a position nearly a decade ago that many people are only now coming to agree with.
In Congress’ 2006 vote on the Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act, the famously anti-big bank Sanders not only voted to make it more difficult for companies to broker Internet gambling, but also voted in favor of an amendment that would have “establish[ed] a complete ban on all Internet gambling-related activities.”
The reason behind the insistence on a complete ban was that the original act had ambiguously worded exemptions for "skill-based" activities -- loopholes that would later prove convenient for sites like DraftKings and FanDuel.
Last Friday, over 200 protestors fought for daily fantasy sports' legality, chanting the phrase "game of skill." Many of those in attendance were, however, reportedly employees of FanDuel.
The amendment didn't receive enough votes to be included, but should it have, all Internet gambling-related activities would have been banned, including those that claimed to require skill, aka daily fantasy sports, aka websites like FanDuel and DraftKings.
Instead, the loophole remained open for DraftKings and FanDuel to worm themselves into our lives, complete with all their damn commercials. And now, the two sites are embroiled in a fight for their lives as people have begun to take shots at them from all sides.
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