Is Online Fantasy Sports Gambling?

slot machineIn episode 32 of the podcast, host Gene Gumbs asks if online fantasy sports should be considered illegal gambling? In a word – yep.If a state does not have legalized gambling (like Nevada and NJ), I believe companies like Draft Kings and Fan Duel can absolutely be viewed that way.

In the wake of the New York State attorney general putting the brakes on the operations of the two companies in his state, you can count on my other states – and possibly the federal government – to get involved in this hot-button issue.

Here’s the deal… these companies lure people in with a “free” offer, but at the end of the day, if you want to continue to participate you have to fork over your money. They will try to tell you that it’s a game of skill, but unless you’re actually the one hitting/throwing/catching the ball, it’s complete luck. You have to be lucky enough to have the players you picked have a good day. That is no different than going to the craps table and hoping the dice roll your way.

Don’t get me wrong – there is a place for fantasy sports. It should be something done for fun online for free (as Yahoo and others have done for years), or in the privacy of your home with a group of friends over the course of the season.

For years, a group of friends and I put up 26 bucks a season for a Rotisserie Baseball team that we drafted. At the end of the year the winner got 75 percent of the till; second and third split the rest. My cousin and some friends run a free Yahoo NFL Pick ‘Em pool every year. The side bet is that the winner gets a case or bottle of his choice. That is what fantasy sports should be.

Daily fantasy sports is nothing more than an online slot machine for big corporations to take your money. They advertise that they give away millions a day and that you can win “big.” You have a better chance of being named the next pope. Just sayin’.

Also in this episode:

  • The recent incident in Missouri is an example of the polarizing of America
  • Scott Boras still doesn’t know when to shut up
  • Aaron Hicks headed for New York
  • The success of the Pirates and Twins in winning the bidding for Korean stars a good thing.
  • Jake Arrieta of Zack Greinke for NL Cy Young?
  • Remembering our veterans, as well as the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald
  • My pick for team of the week

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Enjoy, and thanks for continuing to listen every week!

The Arrogance of Scott Boras Leads Podcast This Week

Mets logoSuper agent Scott Boras forgot who was supposed to be in charge when he mouthed off about innings limits to the national media this week. In doing so, he put his client (read: employer), Matt Harvey in an impossible spot this week. His arrogance and stupidity leads off episode 23 of the Sports Microscope podcast this week.

Short of Harvey coming out and saying “Screw my agent. I’m pitching as much as I want to this year” there was no way for him to win. The Met fans have jumped all over Harvey. Even if a conversation like that needs to happen, it needs to happen in private. I hope Harvey had the courage to contact his agent and warn him if he ever does something like that again he’s fired. Hell, for PR sake, he should fire the man now.

That fiasco aside, the New York Mets are in a great position to win the National League East and return to the post season. And with their stable of young pitchers and an ageless Bartolo Colon, who knows what might happen. It will be interesting to see how Harvey weathers this firestorm and is able to help the Mets get to the promised land.

Also in this episode:

  • The exciting races in the AL East and West
  • The Minnesota Twins quest to sneak into the wild card game
  • Bryce Harper‘s comments about National’s fans out of line
  • The red-hot Red Sox youngsters
  • Some NFL notes
  • My pick for team of the week

You can listen to the latest episode here or subscribe to it on iTunes to have it automatically downloaded to your iOS devices. As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Enjoy, and thanks for listening!