Can pro sports players legally demand payment from online fantasy sites?

4 12 2015


November 2, 2015

David Kravets

Hundreds of millions of dollars are wagered each week online by fantasy sports enthusiasts looking to profit from professional players’ on-field performances.

But do the players deserve a piece of the ever-growing wagering pie? That’s the latest legal saga now playing itself out in a court of law. Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon is suing the popular online fantasy site FanDuel, saying the site is profiting off his and fellow NFL players’ backs without their permission. His federal suit seeks class-action status to represent all affected NFL players.

The question of whether players own their on-the-field performance data—combined with whether FanDuel misappropriates NFL players’ likenesses via thousands of FanDuel television commercials—is what’s at the heart of Garcon’s lawsuit.


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