Daily fantasy sports site FanDuel will stop accepting new deposits in New York as of Friday, yielding to an order by the state attorney general amid what could become a prolonged legal battle.
Earlier in the day, hundreds of people gathered outside New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's Manhattan office, demanding he allow daily fantasy sports to operate in the state.
At the event led by FanDuel, protesters held signs reading "Bench Schneiderman this week" and "Schneiderman should focus on real problems." The crowd included roughly 100 employees of FanDuel, with some of them handing out doughnuts and neon green T-shirts as the protesters chanted, "Let us play!"
On Tuesday, Schneiderman ordered FanDuel and DraftKings, the two largest daily fantasy sports operators, to stop accepting wagers in the state. Schneiderman's office concluded the games are "illegal gambling," arguing players bet on events out of their "control or influence."