DraftKings seeks to block NY daily fantasy sports shutdown

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Daily fantasy sports operator DraftKings has asked a New York judge for a temporary restraining order to block the state attorney general's attempt to shut it down.

In separate complaints filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on Friday, FanDuel and DraftKings similarly asked a judge for an injunction, arguing that Attorney General Eric Schneiderman wrongly characterized their businesses as illegal gambling operations.

Now, Boston-based DraftKings has asked Justice Manuel Mendez in Manhattan for a restraining order to preserve the status quo, arguing it will suffer “massive and irreparable harm” if forced to shutter operations in New York, where it has 375,000 of about 2.5 million total players.

Schneiderman's office is expected to file court papers later Monday.

DraftKings and FanDuel argue that they offer games of skill, not of chance, as defined New York's gambling laws.