Fan-Duel Employees are banned from playing for money

In this Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015, photo, Devlin D'Zmura, a tending news manager at DraftKings, a daily fantasy sports company, works on his laptop at the company's offices in Boston. The daily fantasy sports industry is eyeing a breakout season as NFL games begin. And its two dominant companies, DraftKings and FanDuel, are touting lucrative opening week prizes to try to draw more customers as more competitors pop up. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Fan-Duel says its employees are banned from playing for money. This latest move comes as the two top tier companies hope they will rebuild the trust of their clients.

A DraftKings employee recently won $350 thousand dollars playing on rival company Fan-Duel’s site. He may have had access to unfairly valuable data. Some are calling this insider trading. Officials from Fan-Duel released a statement today saying there’s no evidence showing the contest was compromised or that non-public information was used to gain an unfair advantage.
This announcement comes after New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman sent letters to DraftKings and Fanduel demanding they turn over details of any investigations into their employees.

While legal in most U.S. States, daily fantasy sports is unregulated, unlike casinos and lotteries. With this controversy ESPN said it will cut sponsored Draftkings elements from within its shows. Industry analysts said this could leave the leagues open to further criticism,  that they are too loosely regulated. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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