According to the original report from the Richmond Times Dispatch, the players were involved in Fantasy Football. However, there is no detail as to whether it was Daily Fantasy Sports are a regular weekly fantasy football league.
While the amounts that the players were playing for were not disclosed, the overarching issue was the players involved in fantasy sports.
New Jersey Democratic Senator Frank Pallone has issued a statement regarding unregulated online gambling and underage betting in which he specifically pointed out esports gambling and skin gambling.
“Gambling is taking new forms—from daily fantasy sports, to betting on e-sports, and even online casino games using virtual ‘skins’ instead of cash—that attempt to bypass the law,” the Senator went on to state in a press release, “Current federal gambling laws are hopelessly out of date, leaving the American public vulnerable to unscrupulous behavior. No matter the form of the games, we must ensure integrity, accountability, and basic consumer protections, including appropriate age limits, are in place.”
EA, makers of Madden NFL 17, have docked the prize winnings of Chris “Dubby” McFarland after he failed to comply with their requests to refrain from derogatory comments made on his social media account.
According to an EA release, his posts were “referenced inappropriate content.” It violated EA’s Code of Conduct. EA met with McFarland and was warned of the inappropriate posts. Yet, he continued and was subsequently docked $3,000 from his grand prize winnings of $75,000.
Notably, the release does not mention the withholding as a fine. Yet, it was due to a violation of a Code of Conduct.
Yahoo Finance reports that Major League Baseball is re-examining its stance on gambling according to commissioner Rob Manfred.
Manfred indicated at the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit that MLB was “monitoring the issue and re-thinking pro baseball’s long-held stance on the issue.”
The call for possible federal regulation falls in line with the NBA’s Adam Silver opining a sentiment on behalf of the league he oversees.
Baseball’s commissioner noted that it can be a way of “fan engagement” and “fuel the popularity of the sport.”
He recognized that sports gambling, including baseball, will happen whether or not there is regulation and it’s something that the league will consider moving forward.
The obvious questions loom about regulation which would help retain integrity of the sport while also providing a stream of revenue for the league. But the question of the vice of gambling as well as the perception of the sanctity of the game will be considered as opposing viewpoints.
ESPN reports that the NBA and Take Two Interactive have joined forced to create an eSports League based on the NBA 2K series.
Its anticipated that each of the NBA teams will eventually have a team in this newly developed league. The teams will consist of 5 individuals playing out a 5-month season. The league is scheduled to begin in 2018. The teams will play head-to-head and have playoffs leading up to a championship.
The NBA will hold an initial draft of esports players, and each NBA franchise will pick five to play as its eLeague team. They will draw salaries, train and essentially treat the NBA 2K eLeague as full-time jobs during the season.
It’s clear that this is the next step for esports to become more mainstream. The NBA investment in this league is likely substantial with the prospects of it becoming a lucrative stream of revenue for the league. The report indicates that they will hold events to promote the league, sign sponsorships, sell tickets and produce merchandise.
Perhaps the only drawback for those into the realism of the video games, is that real-life players will not be represented in the games. Players will come up with their own avatars. Perhaps the inability to use NBA players likenesses is an issue that has yet to be discussed between the league and the players union.