A state judge said Wednesday that he wouldn't immediately rule on a request by state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman to shut down daily fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings in New York, though he said he would soon.

Lawyers for the two companies had urged Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez to deny the injunction, saying it would "destroy" their businesses.

Before adjourning on Thanksgiving Eve, Mendez said he would reach a decision "very soon" -- which means daily fantasy sports can, for now, continue to operate in New York.

Schneiderman, a Democrat, says any game that contains a "material degree" of chance is illegal in New York (except for state-sanctioned lotteries and casinos). He has filed a lawsuit and wants an injunction immediately shutting down New York-based FanDuel and Boston-based DraftKings -- which control 95 percent of the daily fantasy sports market -- in the state. Participants select their fantasy team's players, based on their statistical performance, and compete with other virtual teams for points and money.

The opposing sides squared off in a courtroom for the first time Wednesday, spending much of the early proceedings debating the amount of skill and chance involved, while comparing the activity to poker, horse-racing and fishing tournaments.

"Chance is so inherent in the game it's the dominant factor," said Kathleen McGee, an assistant attorney general. "What Draft Kings and FanDuel really offer is a way to bet on sports."

McGee said daily fantasy sports were a "socially dangerous activity" and that the "harm to the citizens of New York increases every day with daily fantasy sports' relentless advertising campaign."

FanDuel lawyer John Kiernan contended: "Fantasy sports are essentially games of skill" where "aptitude and effort" significantly impact the outcome.

DraftKings lawyer David Boies, who represented Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election, said an injunction would destroy the companies. The stakes are high in New York -- it has more daily fantasy sports players than any other state, with 1.1 million, according to Eilers Research.

Boies said it's disingenuous to declare fantasy sports harmful when the state promotes casinos and the lottery. He argued Schneiderman "can't have it both ways" by maintaining that season-long fantasy sports leagues are legal but daily competition is not.

McGee countered that seasonal leagues are legal because they involve little more than bragging rights and an occasional side wager. She said daily fantasy resembles "prop bets" where a wager is placed on something other than the game outcome, such as an athlete's individual statistic.

In response to the lawsuit, FanDuel has blocked any New York residents from participating, citing pressure Schneiderman has applied to its payment processors. DraftKings, in contrast, continues to operate here because it successfully sought an injunction ordering payment processors to keep working with the company.

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