FanDuel back in business in New York

FanDuel co-founders Nigel Eccles, Lesley Eccles and Tom Griffiths

Fantasy sports operator FanDuel — based in Edinburgh and Manhattan — said the New York Gaming Commission approved the firm’s temporary operating license in New York.

“We want to thank Governor Cuomo and the New York legislature for bringing back our contests to millions of sports fans, which will be available to New York residents as of tonight,” said FanDuel.

“Lastly, we want to thank our users who supported us throughout and continue to tell their legislators across the country that this issue is important to them. We couldn’t have done it without all of you.”

The Gaming Commission said it issued temporary permits to DraftKings, FanDuel, Yahoo, FantasyDraft and Draft.

The Commission said it completed a legally required thorough review of the temporary permit applications from the five companies, ensuring required consumer protections, player safeguards and advertising restrictions are in place.

“As the newly enacted law requires, the Commission regulates all aspects of interactive fantasy sports, including ensuring the operators put important consumer protections in place,” said Commission executive director Robert Williams.

“While the Commission continues work on formal regulations for these games, these temporary permits get companies up and running in New York State while assuring resident players that safeguards are in place.”