The Driver Suit Blog-My Thoughts on Fantasy Sports and Politics

By David G. Firestone

I don’t normally watch the NFL, but I’ve been catching games when I can. I’ve been seeing commercials for Draft Kings and FanDeul. I don’t play fantasy sports at all, but apparently, Draft Kings has a deal with NASCAR for fantasy racing. Well, this deal might be for naught because there are members of Congress who are pushing for an investigation into the legalities of these fantasy sports sites.

Why can’t we just watch sports anymore? Why do we have to have fantasy sports? Why in the world do we have to have people who obsessively watch, following every single possible stat, hoping to beat a group of their friends and coworkers for no real reason at all? I watch racing, but I don’t follow starts. I visit Racing Reference for many articles, and I quote stats, but stats don’t interest me. If I were playing fantasy sports, I wouldn’t be able to enjoy the race.

I’ve been wondering if these sites are legal for a while. According to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA), fantasy sports are exempt from the internet gambling ban, provided that the number of participants doesn’t affect the prize. However, it would appear that some sites that work with “daily fantasy sports” are doing just that. I’m frankly sick of fantasy sports, these websites, and I hope they go away soon!

I bring this up because we are in a major election cycle. I loop election cycles into two groups, major and minor. A major election cycle will involve a Presidential election, and a minor cycle will not. So until November of next year, we will have to put up will election ads, debates, campaign signs, and all the other bullshit that comes with an election. Well you won’t have to put up with it here. I will not willingly run election ads or endorsements. WordPress might run ads, but those will be going away soon, I promise!

The Driver Suit Blog is not a place for politics, but a place for racing. No politics will happen here!

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