FanDuel, DraftKings Push Paxton Petition

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The Texas Tribune

The fantasy sports industry is asking its Texas customers to lobby Attorney General Ken Paxton with petition signatures to leave their games alone.

Paxton is weighing whether fantasy sports sites FanDuel and DraftKings can legally operate in Texas. While some groups say the sites are hubs for online gambling, which is illegal, others contend the games are based on skill and are therefore legitimate.

The ambiguity led state Rep. Myra Crownover, R-Denton, to ask the attorney general in November for an opinion to clarify the issue. That same month, the New York attorney general attempted to shut down the two companies in that state, but they remain active as court challenges progress.

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