The Moral Panic Over Fantasy Sports Betting Is Misguided – Slate Magazine

Given all the dollars sloshing around, the assault on the TV airwaves, the participation of the pro leagues, and the hot-button issue of sports gambling, it was inevitable that at some point there would be a backlash. Earlier this month, a congressman called for a hearing into the websites’ legality. Last week, an ESPN anchor argued that daily fantasy sports are just old-school sports betting in disguise, and a Washington Post column dubbed them “sports betting on steroids.” And on Monday, Deadspin—a decent bellwether for smart-set sports fan emotions—casually referred to daily fantasy sites as “loathsome and exploitative.”


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