[Note: Here’s a pretty good Wiki article on the lay of the land in the U.S. regarding sports betting. This issue is in the headlines due to Nevada yesterday banning FanDuel and Draft Kings daily fantasy games. Indeed we have a federal law granting certain states (four of them) a special privilege to offer sports betting, and indeed some of the other 46 states are challenging that (seemingly indefensible) law. Typical law-making: ambiguous language, special treatment, lots of money changing hands.]
Rookie of the Next Year is narrowed down to two players: Smylie Kaufman and Emiliano Grillo.
Anyone following all the fantasy sports legal wrangling? Summary: It’s a lucrative business, it’s somewhat rigged, there was a scandal by an employee, and now Nevada has declared daily fantasy sports to be gambling (not a “game of skill”) and banned it unless the offering company (Fanduel, Draft Kings) has a gambling licences (which they don’t). Of course, if it is declared gambling, it will soon be outlawed in all the places that allow it as a “game of skill.”
There is no greater reward than recognition by one’s peers, so we are proud to announce Adam Sarson has written an article referencing our research. I guess you could now call our research “peer-reviewed.”