Seems there is more trouble in the horizon for certain fantasy sports sites. Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon is leading a class-action lawsuit for NFL players against daily fantasy site FanDuel.
FanDuel competitor DraftKings is not named in the suit. The FanDuel lawsuit represents the latest legal challenge for the lucrative daily fantasy industry, which has attracted scrutiny since a multimillion-dollar advertising blitz at the start of the NFL season.
Garcon is suing for misuse of players’ names and likenesses, exploiting them without proper licenses or permissions. The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Maryland, notes that Garcon’s name appears frequently in FanDuel commercials.
“This case is about FanDuel trying to profit on plaintiff Garcon’s success, and that of other NFL athletes, without compensating them,” the suit states.
The lawsuit notes that Garcon’s name appears frequently in FanDuel commercials, including a 28-minute infomercial in which his name is seen 53 times.
FanDuel spent more than $16 million on advertising during the first week of October, the lawsuit said.
FanDuel released a statement saying that it believes the suit is without merit.
“There is established law that fantasy operators may use player names and statistics for fantasy contests,” the statement said. “FanDuel looks forward to continuing to operate our contests which sports fans everywhere have come to love.”