NFL Players File Class Action Case Against DFS Site FanDuel
Washington Redskins player Pierre Garcon is leading a class action lawsuit for the NFL players against leading Daily Fantasy Sports website FanDuel.
The wide receiver is suing for misuse of players’ names and likenesses without obtaining the proper licensing or permissions. The suit is being filed in federal court in Maryland.
"FanDuel has taken the liberty to engage in these actions without my consent and without proper licensing rights," Garcon said in a statement. "As a result of these activities, FanDuel daily fantasy contests have shown increasing revenues leading to large profits."
Garcon wants to be compensated by FanDuel and says other NFL players deserve similar monetary compensation.
According to the lawsuit, Garcon’s name appears frequently in FanDuel commercials including a 26-minute infomercial.
The company, which is the subject of probes by multiple state Attorney General offices, spent upwards of $16 million on advertising during the first week of October alone.
- Aaron Goldstein, Gambling911.com