Roger Goodell: ‘Big distinction’ between season-long, daily fantasy football

By David Kenyon

Daily fantasy football has entered the crosshairs of politicians around the United States, and NFL commissioner is the latest

According to ESPN’s Ben Goessling, Goodell said season-long fantasy football is “social” and an “opportunity to enjoy the game,” adding it’s something in which we encourage kids to participate.

“Daily fantasy’s taken a little different approach. We want to make sure we understand how it would be done. We love people who are going to engage in the game and have fun with it. It’s not about making money. It’s about enjoying the game and enjoying the team, enjoying the players you pick.”

Right or wrong—no matter your preference—this is an issue that will remain in the headlines for a while.

FanDuel and DraftKings, the two major DFS sites, are engaged in battles with New York and Florida, among other states, to establish a grounds for legal operation across the country.

The arguments and court dates will probably continue for more than a year, because there’s certainly no end in sight. Some government officials want to officially recognize daily fantasy as gambling and regulate it, while DFS sites basically want to avoid that at all costs.

While season-long fantasy football is here to stay, the fight to declare daily tournaments a legal, skill-based game will rage on with opposition from the NFL.