Further college sports blow for DFS giants

Further college sports blow for DFS giants

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
SEC Network will not air daily fantasy sports commercials

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) commercials have been banned from the US college sports Southeastern Conference (SEC) Network after a request from the region’s athletic directors.

SEC Network had been airing advertisements by DFS operators such as FanDuel and DraftKings for some months, with the saturation of commercials during live sports seen as one of the major reasons behind the exponential rise of the sector in the last couple of years.

However, the ESPN-affiliated network acted after a request from athletic directors and just days after the NCAA said that its zero tolerance of wagering among athletes extended to fantasy games, despite them being exempt from gambling legislation.

“Is it a form of gambling, is it a form of skill game? I think there is some question about that,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey, in an interview with television station WVTM 13.

“I think the appropriate place for us to land as a conference on the SEC Network, again working with ESPN, is not to include that advertising on the SEC network moving forward. Given there's an NCAA bylaw related to sports wagering that picks up a lot including fantasy sports, we felt not including that was appropriate position for the league.”

Pacific-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said that his college sports network would only accept DFS commercials that did not advertise their college games.

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