The Nets are sticking with FanDuel. The organization released a statement Thursday that they were going to continue their working relationship in the wake of New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman ordering both FanDuel and Draft Kings to stop operating in New York.
New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman declared Tuesday that daily fantasy sports constitute illegal gambling in his state, and he sent game operators DraftKings and FanDuel cease-and-desist notices in a significant blow to the embattled, billion-dollar industry. Schneiderman demanded DraftKings and FanDuel, the two industry giants, stop accepting “wagers” from New York residents. He is not, at this point, asking the companies to discontinue operations in the state.
But records and interviews show a long-held pattern of overlapping interests and close relationships among employees at the companies — many of whom regularly rank among the most consistent big winners — and in some cases investors, which include Major League Baseball, the N.B.A. and two N.F.L. owners, as well as media giants like NBC, its parent Comcast and Fox. Andre Bessette, a manger of analytics at DraftKings, is currently ranked No. 40 and won a $50,000 first prize in a FanDuel contest, the 2015 World Fantasy Hockey Championship.
As tip-off time approaches, keep an eye on the Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin (hamstring), who is questionable tonight after missing back-to-back games. If he sits again, forward Chase Budinger ($2,200 salary, 4.4% of cap) should make a great source of cap relief. Budinger is averaging 31.63 fantasy points in two starts in place of Martin, and he comes at the minimum salary.