A U.S. district judge heard arguments from the pro sports leagues and the state of New Jersey on Tuesday as the two sides continue to fight over sports betting legalization.
The leagues argue that the existence of legalized sports betting would do irreparable harm to their reputation and would threaten the integrity of the games. The state, meanwhile, argues that sports leagues have enjoyed “unprecedented success” despite the existence of legal (and illegal) sports betting, which has been around for decades.
One question the state asked: “If the leagues are anti-gambling, why do all of them—including the NFL—endorse and sanction fantasy sports?” On that front, we learned that the leagues don’t view fantasy as a legitimate form of gambling.
In comparison to traditional sports betting, it’s, like, way different.
“The leagues view fantasy as just that: Pretend, made up,” said attorney Jeffrey Mishkin, representing the plantiffs. “It’s like the difference between playing Monopoly and being a real estate agent.”
Yes, of course. Millions of people compete daily for all that pretend, made up, fake Monopoly money.
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Made it to the championship of my fantasy football money league for the 2nd year in a row. It’s not gambling if you know you’re going to win
— Jacob Fitzgerald (@jt_fitzgerald) December 19, 2012
Cheat to win in money league fantasy football really?
— trynton vargas (@bballn21) December 18, 2012
Made the championship in my fantasy football money league, I want that money!
— Alex Whitney (@awhitney23) December 18, 2012
— Chris Daun (@cdaun30) December 18, 2012
I’m 2 wins away from wining our Fantasy Football league…I need that extra lil money
— Jovon (@iAmBlack5) December 18, 2012
Made it into the final of my big money fantasy football league, going for the big prize! Come on Gronk, get healthy!
— Rene Munoz (@NeneDoesIt) December 18, 2012
I’m in the finals of my Fantasy Football League this week.I’m in the money…. I’m in the money… dooo doo dodo dooo doo do do do
— Kyle Kidder (@KyleKCPA) December 18, 2012
Nothing like losing a Fantasy football money league by 4 yards….
— Christian Riley (@ChristianRiley7) December 18, 2012
Soo I lost on my fantasy football league fuk!! But it was good made.to semi finals for being first time playing for money..
— Christian solis (@Christiansolis5) December 18, 2012
I’m the champion of our fantasy football league, thank you for the money boys!
— Hunter Moeller (@Moellertime21) December 18, 2012
Yea boi! In the championship game for fantasy football in my money league! #GuaranteedMula
— Logan Bottrell (@Logy_Bear2) December 18, 2012
Won my fantasy football money league yesterday….i’m guessing the mayan thing goes down before I get the payout. #endoftheworld
— Jake (@urbanjake) December 17, 2012
Heading to the championship in my fantasy football league. Thanks, Mark Sanchez. Looks like I’ll be making some money.
— Matt Vender (@MVender) December 18, 2012
Pretty good feeling to know that I’ve already clinched a spot in the final of my big money fantasy football league. $$$$$
— Adam Littlefield (@Small_Meadow) December 17, 2012
The league was rigged RT @highlife89: I’m in the fantasy football championship game. Time to take home the ship and money this upcoming week
— Dre Sallad(@TheGreat_Mike) December 17, 2012
— Ryan Ferguson (@FergsWay7) December 17, 2012
Locked up two championship matches in fantasy football. Even in my money league. I’m ready get this money.
— Shawn Ruhling (@Yaboy_Ruhling) December 17, 2012
The Jets really about to fuck up my fantasy football money and I’m gonna hate them even more than I thought was possible
— Gino The Ghost (@GinoTheGhost) December 18, 2012
This “End of the World” shit better not fuck up my Fantasy Football money.Sunday
— Metal Fingers (@sickmanuel) December 18, 2012
Made it to my fantasy football championship holy fuck!!!! One round away from that money!!!
— Zachary Redding (@zachred22) December 11, 2012