For the past two years, I’ve been used to waking up early on Tuesday morning, logging into my Yahoo Daily Fantasy account and selecting my fantasy football team for that coming week. I admit, I have been in the hole as far as making money off of the game, but it certainly has kept me attentive to this NFL football season which has seen my Philadelphia Eagles flop.
The same goes for Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball, which I’ve been doing quite well at, especially during the playoffs. Unfortunately though, things may be coming to an end for the addictive daily fantasy games offered by Yahoo Sports. Today when I logged into my account to pick yet another team for this upcoming week in the NFL, I found that I was presented with a notice that read as follows:
By entering this contest I agree to the terms of service and certify I am not in AZ, FL, IA, LA, MT, NV, or WA. Potential winners may also be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release before prizes will be awarded.
In addition to this, I was greeted by a red bar at the top of my web browser stating:
In order to enter cash prize contests or add funds you must be in a U.S. state other than Arizona, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, or Washington.
When I went to submit my lineup, it simply would not work. This apparently is because I reside in the state of Florida, one of the states which has suddenly seen its eligibility dropped from the gaming site. My account with $138.50 appears as though it is hopeless, and I can no longer continue the addicting habit of playing my daily fantasy sports challenges. Whether or not this restriction will remain in effect is yet to be seen, but it appears as though I will have to find another hobby, like many others, at least for the time being.
In addition to the notices, Yahoo also sent me an email reading the following:
Dear Yahoo User,
Due to positions recently expressed by government authorities concerning paid Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) in your state, Yahoo will suspend offering paid DFS contests to residents pending further review. Any entries you have for upcoming contests will be canceled and those entry fees will be refunded.
Contests that are already under way will be allowed to finish. You will continue to have full access to your account to withdraw funds. You will not be able to add funds or enter new paid contests.
We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patronage.
Yahoo Sports Daily Fantasy Team
Nevada regulators have officially ordered daily fantasy sites like Draft Kings, FanDuel and the likes to shut down as of this past Thursday, and it looks as though Florida and several other states are following suit.
What do you think about this recent crackdown on these daily fantasy sites? Should they be considered gambling? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below.