The World of Fantasy Sports and Online Betting; the latest on the Philadelphia Eagles

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Guests: Walt Bogdanich, James Glanz, and Marcus Hayes

If you’re a football fan, you can’t help but notice the barrage of advertisements shown during NFL games by FanDuel and DraftKings, fantasy sports websites that have mushroomed in popularity and offer promises of significant cash awards to those who participate on their websites. However, these companies have been in the news for the wrong reasons as of late. It started with the revelation that a DraftKings employee had won $350,000 playing on a FanDuel website. Though the employee wasn’t accused of cheating, the incident raised questions of ethics surrounding the world of online fantasy sports and whether it amounts to online gambling. In their New York Times piece “Cash Drops and Keystrokes: The Dark Reality of Sports Betting and Daily Fantasy Games,” WALT BOGDANICH and JAMES GLANZ shows that one result of a loophole in a 2006 online gambling law has paved the way for daily fantasy sports sites that offer cash rewards. Then we’ll hear from Philadelphia Daily News columnist MARCUS HAYES about the latest on the Philadelphia Eagles.

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