Yes, we can say DraftKings is legal in NY State. Currently, three DFS operators FantasyDraft, FanDuel, DraftKings are active in New York.
DraftKings blocked players from Alabama, Arizona, Hawaii, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Nevada, Montana, and the Washington States. But it doesn’t mean playing DraftKings is illegal in these states.
As per Aug 3, 2016’s NY State legislation DFS sites are accepted under the ‘games of skill’ category while the games of chance are illegal online. Further, the new law regulates online DFS sites under the preview of the NY State Gaming Commission. DraftKings, FanDuel, and other sites were issued temporary permits on August 22, 2016.
In July 2018 DraftKings made a deal with Del Lago Resorts & Casino Just to offer legal sports betting in the NY State which is off-course depends on the authorization of State. This deal proposed both physical and online Sportsbook when licensed.
By October 2018 there comes a major twist when a NY judge rules DFS as gambling that the state constitution prohibits. This decision overrules 2016’s NY state law and put operators like DraftKings and FanDuel in jeopardy.
After the court ruling, NY Gaming Commission has no role in fantasy sports regulation. Now, the latest status is that both DFS giants DraftKings and FanDuel are operating without any kinds of DFS regulation in NY. Until further appeal, the situation remains the same.
It is strongly believed that the State will file an appeal on the court’s decision and the final outcome depends upon the future legal proceeding. Right now, DraftKings plans to continue his operations in New York while the state and court need to sort the puzzle.
Here, decoding it for you. The company DraftKings does not violate any law of NY state and presently there is no state law regarding fantasy sports is in effect. The future status of DFS, especially DraftKings is resting with the State AG, NYSGC, and the office of Governor.