NBA Denies Daily Fantasy Sports Industry the Ability to Advertise on Jerseys

Casino Watch Focus has reported on the ongoing struggles of the Daily Fantasy Sports Industry to be seen as something other than sports gambling. As the critical examination of the industry has progressed, more and action has been taken to ensure safeguards from such gambling. Some states have clarified their laws to indicate DFS is gambling, and prohibited the industry from operating, some states have declared it gambling and have passed laws to regulate the industry and protect customers, and the biggest players in the industry, DraftKings and FanDuel have passed their own safeguards and regulations in hopes of limiting the negative publicity and need for individual states to ban their gambling business. On the federal level they have been investigated and Congress plans to hold hearings regarding their gambling activity. Sports organizations have also had mixed involvement, as most have operating agreements with the industry, but have starting pulling back. After recent insider trading scandals emerged it looked like the NFL was beginning to pull back on the industry and its promotions Now it looks like NBA has distanced itself as well with a newly announced jersey advertising policy. LegalSportsReport online reports: 

Daily fantasy sports sites like DraftKings and FanDuel will not be allowed to advertise on NBA jerseys, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell. DFS a no-go for jerseys

Rovell was reporting on the parameters for allowing logos on NBA jerseys, a development that first came to light last month. NBA teams can start selling a small space on jerseys worn in games starting with the 2017-18 season.

There are restrictions on who can advertise on jerseys, however, and that appears to include DFS sites. Why not DFS on the jerseys? There was no immediate indication from the NBA or Rovell of why the league made the decision to exclude fantasy sports companies, specifically. The league also said advertising related to “gambling” would not be allowed, per Rovell.

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