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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​For Immediate Release:
August 27, 2019

Office of The Attorney General
Gurbir S. Grewal, Attorney General

Division of Consumer Affairs
Paul R. Rodríguez, Acting Director

Division of Law
Michelle Miller, Director
​​​​ For Further Information Contact:
Lisa Coryell 609-292-4791

Division of Consumer Affairs Brings First Action to Enforce State’s Fantasy Sports Law
Minneapolis-Based “SportsHub” to Pay $30,000 for Unlawfully Operating
a Fantasy Sports Site in New Jersey


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NEWARK – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal and the Division of Consumer Affairs (“the Division”) today announced that SportsHub Games Network, Inc. (“SportsHub”) has agreed to pay a $30,000 civil penalty for unlawfully operating an online fantasy sports site in New Jersey without a permit. The Minneapolis-based games provider also agreed to change its business practices to resolve allegations that its conduct violated the state’s consumer protection laws by, among other things, failing to clearly and conspicuously disclose that SportsHub collects personal information from consumers’ social media accounts and that it shares certain personal information with third parties.

SportsHub, which operates “Fanball,” “CDM Sports,” “National Fantasy Football Championships,” “Whatif Sports,” “Leaguesafe,” and other fantasy sports games, is the first operator to be penalized under New Jersey’s Fantasy Sports Act (“FSA”), a 2017 statute legalizing and regulating internet fantasy gaming activities in the state. 

“New Jersey’s fantasy sports law offers fans an opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the sports they love, while ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for all who participate,” said Attorney General Grewal. “As the settlement announced today illustrates, New Jersey enforces the laws in place to ensure transparency and protect consumers from hidden threats to their online privacy.”

Fantasy sports allow players to deposit money into accounts and assemble virtual teams made up of real professional athletes. Players win or lose money based on how those athletes perform in real games.

In August 2017, New Jersey enacted the FSA, which brought the fantasy sports industry under the regulatory authority of the Division and required, among other things, that operators obtain permits from the Division to do business here.

Fantasy sports operators who were conducting business in the state prior to the enactment of the FSA were given until February 6, 2018 to apply for a permit or cease operating in New Jersey.

A Division investigation found that despite SportsHub’s failure to file a permit application by the deadline, the company continued to conduct business in New Jersey, in violation of the FSA.  SportsHub ultimately applied to the Division for a permit in September 2018.

The investigation also revealed that SportsHub failed to clearly and conspicuously disclose to consumers in its Privacy Policy and/or Terms and Conditions that:

  • SportsHub collects information from consumers’ social networking accounts, including names, user IDs, images, email addresses, dates of birth, friend lists, school names, and other public profile information (collectively, “Personal Information”)
  • SportsHub shares certain Personal Information to third parties and/or for use in research studies;
  • SportsHub limits consumers’ rights by requiring consumers to bring any claim or cause of action against the operator through binding arbitration only, thus forfeiting the right to bring any claims or causes of action before a court, and to waive class action rights; and
  • SportsHub does not issue refunds to consumers.

The Division alleges that SportsHub further violated the Consumer Fraud Act by:

  • failing to clearly and conspicuously state whether it sells, rents to, or shares with third parties consumers personal information for marketing purposes without prior consent from the consumer (e.g., SportsHub states in its Privacy Policy that it “generally does not sell, rent or share participants’ Personal Information to third parties for their marketing purposes without participants’ consent”);
  • advertising on its website that “Leaguesafe,” a SportsHub online payment system that collects fantasy sports entry fees and pays out winners, is “the only fantasy sports consumer protection agency on earth”;
  • maintaining two different versions of its Privacy Policy and Terms and Conditions for www.leaguesafe.com; and
  • making it confusing for consumers to determine which Privacy Policy and/or Terms and Conditions they had agreed to when accessing a SportsHub website (e.g., a consumer signs up for fantasy sports on www.fanball.com, but when a consumer wishes to view the Terms and Conditions, SportsHub directs consumers to the SportsHub Terms and Conditions using a www.leaguesafe.com address, even though www.fanball.com has its own specific Terms and Conditions).

In a Consent Order resolving the Division’s findings and allegations, SportsHub agreed to pay a $30,000 civil penalty and also agreed to change its business practices to comply with all laws and regulations.

“We are pleased that SportsHub has obtained the necessary permits to do business in New Jersey and has agreed to abide by all our laws and regulations going forward,” said Paul R. Rodríguez, Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs. “As the fantasy sports industry continues to grow in New Jersey, we will closely monitor the activities to ensure that all operators are playing by rules.”

Investigators Aziza Salikhova and Ediz Laypan of the Division of Consumer Affairs’ Cyber Fraud Unit conducted this investigation.

Deputy Attorneys General Roman Guzik of the Consumer Affairs Counseling Section and Robert N. Holup of the Consumer Fraud Prosecution Section within the Division of Law represented the Division of Consumer Affairs in this matter.

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Last Modified: 8/27/2019 8:41 AM