New report says NFL is blurring lines on how it handles gambling

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The reality of professional football, is simple — it pays to play fantasy.

At the Sweet Spot Sporting Lounge, which coincidentally, was formerly the site of a city run Off Track Betting location, you’ll see something on television affirming the connection between betting — and the next big game.

The National Football League has already partnered up with companies directly, and indirectly tied to fantasy or online sports betting, including SportRadar.

A New York Times profile of the Swedish Company details its intimate relationship with the NFL as the exclusive distributor of the league’s statistics.

For the record, the NFL has a strict, anti-gambling policy.

And although SportRadar does not list Fan Duel or Draft-Kings, or any other major fantasy sports companies as an official partner.

But the fact of the matter is, raw stats from SportRadar, or any other stats-based company, are the lifeblood of fantasy sports leagues.

Fans collectively bet millions of dollars every weekend, often basing their decisions on player stats.

But legal Analyst Amy Dardashtian says an apparent conflict of interest varies from state to state.

“We don’t even know whether daily fantasy sports is legal or illegal in states across the country. So what happens is – because the law is so gray when it comes to these digital forms of gambling, lawyers are taking all sorts of theories and trying to hold big companies like the NFL liable,” Dardashtian said.

It was just last week New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman scored a major legal victory when a judge barred Draft Kings and FanDuel from doing business in New York.

“We’re very, very pleased that he upheld our contention that draft-kings and fan duel are in fact, illegal gambling enterprises under the new york law,” Schneiderman said.