Georgia considering stance on daily fantasy sports websites

ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens says his office is investigating whether daily fantasy sports violate state law.

Olens recently told The Augusta Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1ONeVsX) that the issue is pending.

Olens' statement comes after New York ordered two of the industry's largest companies to stop accepting bets last week because the state said the websites constituted illegal gambling. Other states are also looking into the websites.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a cease-and-desist order last week to FanDuel and DraftKings, two companies that let users assemble teams of professional athletes and win money based on their statistical performances in real-life games.

The companies argue that their contests require more skill than luck, and therefore aren't gambling. They also cite an exemption for fantasy sports in a 2006 federal law.

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