DraftKings Retains Martha Coakley as Advisor

The Boston-based fantasy football website DraftKings has retained former Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley as an outside consultant and advisor.

DraftKings confirms to necn that Coakley will focus on legislative and regulatory issues for their company.

Both DraftKings and FanDuel have been under fire for gambling concerns. They insist they're games of skill, not luck, with players' winnings depending on how well they can predict which roster of players from multiple baseball, football, basketball or hockey teams will perform best on a given day, adding that they are exempt from a 2006 federal Internet gambling ban. 

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says there's little question that fantasy sports websites need to be regulated to protect consumers.

Healey made the comments through a spokeswoman Monday as Gov. Charlie Baker and the state's two top legislative leaders weighed whether - and to what extent - the state should regulate fantasy sports.

"The federal statute dealing with unlawful Internet gambling left to the states the ability to regulate fantasy sports," Healey spokeswoman Cyndi Roy Gonzalez said in a written statement. "We are seeking extensive information about the industry and have spoken with the leading companies directly as part of this review."

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