Yes, it’s too early to be up but that has never stopped me before.  Could you imagine if all the sudden news came that I had to cease and desist waking up early in the morning and racing to my computer to type out my latest thoughts that are occupying my mind?  Ugh I’d be lost.

No more lost than some of those 500K New Yorker’s who have engaged in playing at DraftKings and might actually have anticipated projected winnings as a partial income.  For those people, the recent actions by the N.Y. Attorney General who sent cease-and-desist letters to both DraftKings and FanDuel, demanding them to stop accepting wagers in the state because, he said they violate New York laws against illegal gambling, are probably quite troubling.

While many legal experts look to present their analysis of the matter by discussing the legalities involved in what makes fantasy sports more in alignment with sports betting due to the abstract nature of the law, I find it all so interesting.  For more than two years I have been pretty vocal about my stance on fantasy sports being a form of sports wagering if one were to look to the definition of the law, but that’s not because I have a problem with the legality of fantasy sports.  It’s because I have been an advocate for the legalization of sports betting in the state of New Jersey.

It’s not as though I am happy that the NY AG shut down the Boston-based company [as respects to operating in NY ] because I think it’s going to affect a lot of people who might have become very skilled at the game and been looking to cash in.  However, I am glad that the extreme action might serve to allow progress.  The wording of the law that differentiates sports betting from fantasy sports is vague and it’s about time legal experts reigned in on its intent so that there is no gray area and fantasy sports and sports betting be viewed appropriately.

According to an article posted by NBC News written by Erik Ortiz and Ryan Ruggiero on November 11, at 7:45 am ET, the NY AG, Eric Schneiderman, “In the letters, Schneiderman contends that the fantasy sports sites, which lure players with the promise of millions of dollars in prizes, are essentially based on luck- and because they are a type of gambling, they are illegal in the state.”

So let’s just say that the NY AG is correct and the fantasy sites have been operating an illegal ring in which they schemed thousands into participating in illegal acts, does that mean that those who participated in the games committed crimes?  What about those who promoted the fantasy sports sites?  I mean you would need to be living under a rock to have missed all of those commercials advertising about the opportunities to play these games, and chances are that some of those winners who gave their names and stated they won even admitted to doing so giving their names in the television advertisements.  Have they, by chance, committed a crime?

Well, it’s not as though I’m looking to see anyone prosecuted but I’ve been told that I have the mind of an attorney and that could be the result of an inherent desire to think critically, all those years underwriting directors & officers liability coupled with what seems like a lifetime engrossed in studies, or perhaps it is the result of all those late nights I spent with NY DA, Jack McCoy.  If by chance you do not know whom Jack McCoy, well then it’s safe to say you’ve been under that rock and I shall be more than happy to enlighten you.

John James “Jack” McCoy is the fictional character in the television shows Law & Order. He’s also right up there with Gregory Peck, in my book, as being one of the sexiest men on the planet.  I have a thing for smart guys and he’s one of the smartest.  There’s a whole lot of information about Jack’s fictional character on the Internet, and I have my share of books that provide tidbits about Jack’s personal life.  He’s been known for having affairs with his assistants and he’s also been known for being a bit crafty when he’s looking to prosecute those he believes have broken the law.

Given the recent circumstance that have unfolded in New York with the cease & desist so ordered, would Jack be on a warpath to shut down the fantasy sports sites?  Or could it be that we would see supporting the fantasy sports companies because he’s got a winning team?  What about everyone’s favorite police officers?  Do they happen to play fantasy sports in the State of New York?  I mean are you not the least bit curious whom Donald Trump has on his fantasy team? Could you see Jack McCoy going gangbusters after Jamaal Charles got injured in an attempt to get even?  If so, do you think it is beyond Jack to pull in the advertisers and or the players who participated in these evil and unlawful games?

I do hope that there is a meeting in the middle and that somehow, someway we can all get back to focusing on the more important things in life.  Then again, protecting one’s rights or defending the law might just be one of those more important things.  To quote the words one of the smartest women I learned from when I was a child, “If you do not like the law, do something about it.”

John James