I found this short article from NBC amusing in that it completely misses the point. It’s like Roseanne Roseannadanna who ended her rants with, “What? Oh… Nevermind!”
The piece starts with a disclaimer:
[Editor’s note: FanDuel is an advertiser of PFT and PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio. Also, NBC Sports has an equity stake in FanDuel.]
Anyway, rather than address the real issue — why fantasy sports gambling is considered not to be gambling but poker (and other equally “games of skill”) is considered gambling — the article does a by-the-numbers That Damn Government! rant:
“the federal government reportedly is planning to get involved”
“Congress will hold hearings”
“It’s apparently now time for Uncle Sam and his 50 nieces and nephews to get their fair share, regardless of what is and isn’t objectively fair.”
Regardless of what is and isn’t objectively fair? Huh? The current law is not “objectively fair.” Leaving things as they are would be the unfair decision.
Consider this example: The speed limit is 55 mph. A law is passed saying BMW cars can drive 80 mph, but all other cars must obey the 55 mph speed limit. Is that “objectively fair”?
I got a real kick out of one of the comments. When I rail against the dumbing down of America, this comment, and its thumbs-up support, is exactly what I have in mind:
What that guy wrote is idiotic beyond belief. Chess is the very essence of a game of skill. That’s why chess tournaments with entry fees and cash prizes are legal in every state in the union. Then he fails to address the core of the problem, that being that fantasy betting is treated differently than poker. He was factually wrong AND missed the point. He hit the Daily Double!
And 39 of 41 people thought he made an excellent point and thumbs-upped him. Only two disagreed. That’s about 5 percent, or roughly the percentage of Americans who know there asses from a hole in the ground.