Finally got back into a Fantasy league after several years away...sure makes the season more fun...almost all the games are interesting to you for one player or another.

Saw this interesting article though...with all the "daily fantasy" things going now, playing fantasy is no different than other sports betting, but has an exemption to be legal....wonder how long that'll last? It's becoming a big deal.

The start of the NFL season draws renewed focus on fantasy sports, a chance to assemble imaginary teams featuring your favorite players. While fantasy sports leagues often cover an entire season, an emerging trend involves one-week or daily fantasy sports, offering a shorter window, but the potential for an immediate payoff. Daily fantasy football has become big business, and the rewards can be substantial.
But do the leagues represent a form of gambling?
Two of the most popular daily fantasy sports providers are FanDuel and DraftKings, both estimated to bring in tens of millions of dollars in entry fees for the NFL’s first week, according to a recent Bloomberg article. The services have partnered with major sports leagues and brands. DraftKings, for instance, has an advertising relationship with ESPN, which, like ABC News, is part of the Walt Disney Co.
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ESPN Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell said daily fantasy football requires more skill than chance.
“Every day, you know who is going to play,” Rovell said. “If someone gets hurt, it’s luck. But if it’s just coming down to that day, it’s actually harder to win at daily fantasy than it is at season-long fantasy.”
The leagues, in which participants make up teams with real players, have drawn added attention to NFL action. Studies show that fantasy participants watch more games – and watch them for longer – than people who don’t play fantasy sports.
But critics, including Congressman Frank Pallone, D-N.J., argue that the leagues are a form of gambling. Pallone, ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, requested a hearing to examine the relationship of fantasy sports to gambling in professional leagues.
“You know, put down a bet and get a high return by betting on a team, players, whatever. How is it any different from sports betting? I don't see it; what, because you call it fantasy?” Pallone said.
The fantasy industry says it's already legal and has no interest in being regulated if it comes with a "gambling" label. Even the traditional casino companies and regulators have eschewed the word "gambling" until recently, opting for the more antiseptic "gaming" instead to describe what they do.
Daily fantasy sports and its defenders point to a 2006 law, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, that carved out a specific exemption for "fantasy sports" well before the concept of daily games versus week-long or season-long were contemplated. Before the rise of daily fantasy sports, the exception was mostly used by top season-long fantasy operators like Yahoo and CBS Sports.
"Thanks to fantasy sports being specifically excluded from laws affecting online sports betting, FanDuel is not illegal in any way. Trust us, our lawyers drive very nice cars so that we can keep it that way," FanDuel says on its website as its short answer for the frequently asked question, "Is FanDuel Legal?"
Meanwhile, some sports fans really do hit the jackpot. Travis Spieth was able to quit his day job after winning $1 million in a 2013 FanDuel contest.
“It’s very comparable to stock trading, and if you ask somebody that's dealing in stocks, they're definitely not going to tell you they're gambling cause there's a lot of research involved,” Spieth said.