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There's no shortage of protesters around Wall Street. But now there's a rather unlikely group to add to the mix: Fantasy football fans.

Nearly 200 protesters showed up in lower Manhattan Friday to voice their displeasure with New York's decision to ban FanDuel and DraftKings, the online fantasy sports platforms. The state contends the two sites violate gambling laws.

The villain, at least in the protesters' eyes, is State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, who ordered both websites to stop collecting wagers from New Yorkers earlier in the week.    

While many fans have expressed their outrage online, the protesters took to the streets to make sure New Yorkers were getting the message. It wasn't immediately clear whether they had jobs or had decided to call in sick.

And just in case things got rowdy, a large group of heavily armed police were on hand to keep watch over the group.

TheStreet went out to see what all the fuss was all about. Here's what we found.



The hashtag #FantasyForAll spread across social media platforms.  


Many feel that the ban itself is a violation of laws. 


Signs reflected the mood of the protesters along Broadway in Downtown Manhattan. 


Many believe Attorney General Schneiderman is ignoring larger issues within the state of New York by going after fantasy football. 


The New York ruling against FanDuel and DraftKings follows the similar decision to ban the sites in Nevada, until proper gaming licenses have been obtained. 

Signs showed the protesters' opinion of Schneiderman himself. 


Schneiderman wrote in his cease and desist letter to FanDuel and DraftKings, "Unlike traditional fantasy sports, daily fantasy sports companies are engaged in illegal gambling under New York law.  Daily fantasy sports is neither victimless nor harmless, and it is clear that DraftKings and FanDuel are the leaders of a massive, multi-billion-dollar scheme intended to evade the law and fleece sports fans across the country."


In the end, people just want to keep playing.

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