DFS’ cash prize for kids faces strong opposition

NFL criticised for encouraging kids to gamble.
NFL criticised for encouraging kids to gamble.

Two non-profit organisations opposes NFL’s daily fantasy sport programme for kids.

US.- Two non-profit organisations requested the National Football League (NFL) to stop marketing a fantasy game with cash prizes targeting kids, as it could encourage gambling at a young age.

The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) and Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) sent a letter to the NFL, asking NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, to stop pushing the Rush Fantasy programme to children.

In the document, both parties explained that “there is evidence that playing fantasy sports can lead to gambling addiction.” Furthermore, the letter states that the organisations find the fact that the NFL would encourage children as young as six-years-old to participate in gambling, disturbing.

The programme runs fantasy games over the course of an NFL season offering weekly prizes like game consoles, a scholarship worth US$5,000 and a trip to the Pro Bowl.