Already ensnared in the escalating daily fantasy sports legal tangle, Time Warner, Fox and Comcast are among numerous targets in a suit filed today in federal court in Florida, according to a post on Sports Illustrated’s website. Specific defendants in the potential class action include Turner Sports, Time Warner, NBC Sports Comcast Ventures, 21st Century Fox, Fox Sports Interactive Media as well as New York Knicks and MSG Sports and Entertainment owner James Dolan.
The suit filed by Florida-based DFS customers Antonio Gomez and John Gerecs alleges that the companies including banks, sports leagues and media companies negligently failed to realize they were investing and partnering with illegal gambling operations. Filed by Florida attorney Ervin Gonzalez, the suit alleges that these investor-partners owe damages to Gomez, Gerecs and potentially thousands of other daily fantasy sports customers, if the case is eventually designated a class action.
Among the media company targets, 21st Century Fox has an estimated 11% stake in DraftKings, which committed to spend a minimum of $250 million for placements on Fox properties. Time Warner and Google invested in FanDuel this past summer, according to Sports Illustrated, joining previous investors NBC Sports Ventures, Comcast Ventures and others. Disney-owned ESPN, which previously signed a deal to be FanDuel’s exclusive daily fantasy sports partner, suspended all sponsored segments and pulled ads after DraftKing was accused of insider trading. Sports Illustrated also disclosed that FanDuel is one of its sponsors and that SI also has a partnership with another DFS provider, DailyMVP.