The issue of whether daily online fantasy sports is gambling has an expedited court schedule after the Illinois Attorney General said the online contests for cash were gambling and illegal in the Land of Lincoln. Randy Mastro, attorney for the site DraftKings, said in a statement just before the New Year’s holiday that they reached an agreement with Lisa Madigan’s office and the courts to determine the legality of daily online fantasy sports contests.

Mastro said DraftKings is committed to providing the games to hundreds of thousands of Illinois players. Madigan said last month the contests through DraftKings and Fanduel violate the state’s criminal code because they constitute as gambling. An agreed order from a Cook County court says the state must respond to DraftKings’ complaint about the opinion by January 22nd. If necessary, the court says, a bench trial would be set for June 27th. Meanwhile there is pending legislation in both chambers of the General Assembly sponsors say will clear up the issue and protect players.


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