What Are the Chances the Daily Fantasy Industry Faces Its Own Black Friday?


This week’s podcast guest is my (Ryan’s) friend Justin Fielkow, an attorney at Franklin Law Group and a contributor to the sports law site The Sports Esquires. We talked about the New York Attorney General’s decision to issue a cease-and-desist order to daily fantasy sites, what big ones (Disclosure: The Big Lead is owned by USA Today, which operates the DFS site Fantasy Score) like Draft Kings and FanDuel will do for their next move to fight this edict, and whether the increased microscope on these two companies presents opportunities for smaller operators. Finally, we asked Fielkow to assess the possibility of regulators’ crippling the entire industry, a la the famous Black Friday shutdown of online poker sites in 2011.

After talking with Fielkow, we discussed this week’s NFL matchups. Will the Packers rebound from two games in a row, and were they actually helped out by a sideline scuffle between their own defensive players? Will Johnny Manziel’s decision-making off the field ever improve? Given that they pay substantially more for their rights than anyone else does, has ESPN gotten shafted with its slate of Monday Night Football games this season?

Buffalo @ NY Jets (-2.5)

Ryan: Jets.

Jason: Jets

Detroit @ Green Bay (-11.5)

Ryan: Packers.

Jason: Lions 

Dallas @ Tampa Bay (-1.5)

Ryan: Bucs.

Jason: Bucs

Carolina (-5) @ Tennessee 

Ryan: Panthers.

Jason: Titans

Chicago @ St. Louis (-7.5)

Ryan: Bears.

Jason: Rams

New Orleans (-1) @ Washington

Ryan: Saints.

Jason: Saints

Miami @ Philadelphia (-6)

Ryan: Dolphins.

Jason: Dolphins

Cleveland @ Pittsburgh (-4.5)

Ryan: Steelers.

Jason: Browns 

Jacksonville @ Baltimore (-5.5)

Ryan: Jags.

Jason: Jags

Minnesota @ Oakland (-3)

Ryan: Raiders.

Jason: Raiders

Kansas City @ Denver (-6.5)

Ryan: Chiefs.

Jason: Chiefs

New England (-7) @ NY Giants

Ryan: Giants.

Jason: Giants

Arizona @ Seattle (-3)

Ryan: Seahawks.

Jason: Cardinals

Houston @ Cincinnati (-10.5)

Ryan: Bengals.

Jason: Texans

Top Five

Ryan: Chiefs, Jags, Bucs, Seahawks, Bears

Jason: Chiefs, Jags, Raiders, Rams, Titans

Last week: Ryan (4-9, 1-4 Top 5), Jason (6-7, 1-4 Top 5)

Season to Date: Ryan (65-61-5, 20-22-3 Top 5), Jason (66-60-5, 25-19-1 Top 5)

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