Tour to players: No playing, endorsing daily fantasy

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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – As the legal wrangling over fantasy sports websites heats up, the PGA Tour recently clarified its policy regarding online gambling.

According to a memo sent to players on Sept. 24, “fantasy gaming websites that pay out money in exchange for an entry fee, as well as other wagering websites and apps, are considered illegal in many states. Therefore, the PGA Tour will regard any player participation in these games as conduct unbecoming of a professional.”

The memo also explains that players are not allowed to enter into endorsement opportunities with online fantasy sports websites, such as FanDuel and DraftKings.

The New York attorney general has filed lawsuits and motions seeking preliminary injunctions to keep both FanDuel and DraftKings from operating in the state, and this week Nevada ruled that daily fantasy sports is gambling and requires, under state law, a license to operate. Companies like FanDuel and DraftKings are legal in more than 43 states and the Massachusetts attorney general said Thursday that daily fantasy sports games are legal according to their law.  

NBC Sports, which includes Golf Channel, has an equity stake in FanDuel.