Dallas Cowboys franchise owner Jerry Jones has openly voiced support for the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry, stating that DFS services would not compromise NFL operations or players.
Jones an investor in operator DraftKings, defended his private investment in the DFS operator, stating
“I don’t think DraftKings or [competitor] FanDuel in any way compromise our players on the football field because it’s all fantasy. It simply has no bearing on the outcome of the game at all.”
“From my perspective, anything that follows the rules, that causes and creates more interest and more fan participation, I’m really for. So I’m a supporter and that’s the rules that we’ll test — is put your money where your mouth is” Jones further added
Amid growing media criticism regarding franchise strong associations with DFS operators, Jones is the latest NFL stakeholder to show support for the embattled industry.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell had stated at the start of the month that he saw no conflict between the league and its main DFS advertisers DraftKings and FanDuel.
The negative media surrounding DFS industry’s ongoing data conflict appears to have impacted operators player numbers, with DraftKings and FanDuel reporting consecutive weeks of tournament entry declines according to DFS data site SuperLobby.com