FanDuel is no longer allowing New Yorkers to enter its contests

Fantasy sports draftkings fanduelScott Olson/Getty ImagesThe fantasy sports website FanDuel is shown on October 16, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

FanDuel announced on its site Tuesday that it would suspend operations in New York starting at 2:30pm EST. The suspension will prevent people located in New York from depositing money into their accounts and they won’t be able to enter any paid contests.

The daily fantasy sports website had earlier filed for a temporary restraining order in an attempt to allow its users to continue to deposit money and enter into its contests while its pending case with New York sorted out. The hearing will determine whether the site constitutes gambling. But the courts denied FanDuel’s request for a restraining order, and as a result, FanDuel is now preventing New York users from entering paid contests or depositing money (though they can still remove their funds).

The suspension will last until at least November 25th, when FanDuel’s court hearing is scheduled to determine whether it will be allowed to re-open its contests to New York residents or if it constitutes gambling.

“We maintain, unequivocally, that FanDuel has always complied with state and federal law,” FanDuel wrote in its announcement of the suspension. “We look forward to vindicating our position in court next week.”

You can read the entire announcement posted to FanDuel’s site below:

In FanDuel’s ongoing effort to fight for fantasy users across New York, we filed for a temporary restraining order yesterday that would allow users to keep playing on our site while the legal case was pending. The court did not issue the TRO but set a hearing for November 25th, ensuring that the legal situation will be promptly resolved.

As a result of that decision, we are temporarily suspending entry in paid contests for people located in New York as of 2:30 pm EST today, Tuesday, November 17th. This is in addition to the restrictions on deposits previously implemented. We believe that this restriction is temporary and we hope to be able to offer our paid contests to New Yorkers again very soon.

But for users who have questions about contests, please read below.

— If you entered into a FanDuel contest before 2:30pm EST on Tuesday, the contest will run, uninterrupted.

— As of Tuesday’s cut off, users in New York will be restricted from entering paid contests.

— As has been the case, all users in New York can and will absolutely be able to withdraw their money at anytime. However, we believe we will have an update from the Court in 10 days and hope to be able to offer paid contests to New Yorkers again. Users funds are and will remain secure.

We maintain, unequivocally, that FanDuel has always complied with state and federal law. We look forward to vindicating our position in court next week.

We will press on and fight to ensure that your right to play fantasy sports is protected, not just in New York, but across the nation. Please join us in this fight and sign the petition atwww.fanduel.com/takeaction or https://www.fantasysportsforall.com/ if you have not yet done so.

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