FUN Technologies is a market leader in two of the fastest-growing sectors of online gaming: skill gaming and fantasy sport services . . . FUN offers a wide range of skill games, which are offered over the Internet, as well as through wireless applications (mobile) and iTV (interactive television), and on stand-alone kiosks. Skill games are classified as ones in which the winner is determined based on the skill of the participants, rather than on chance.
That last bit -- game of skill not game of chance -- seems rather conspicuous in a "the lady d'oth protest too much" kind of way. There's a reason why that language is there, and that's because all of the states which outlaw gambling draw the line at "games of skill" vs. "games of chance," allowing the former and banning, or at least heavily regulating the latter. If companies like FUN want to do business most places, they can't be a gambling operation. They have to, I dunno, sell pinball machines.
Except the definition of what is a game of skill and what is a game of chance is decidedly gray. In my home state there is currently quite a battle raging over this. Some things that look an awful lot like slot machines are banned and other things that look an awful lot like slot machines are deemed hunky dory. Allegations of favoritism, the use of painfully nuanced definitions, and above all else confusion currently reign supreme.
But back to FUN. I have no idea whether their games are really games of skill or games of chance, but it's probably worth noting that the news release I linked above is from Online Casino News, and runs with the headline "Liberty Media Buys Online Casino Developer." At least someone thinks they're in the gambling business.
Question: given how sensitive baseball has been to anything having to do with gambling over the years (remember this?) shouldn't it care -- or at the very least say why it doesn't care -- that one of its owners now runs something that is described by at least one source as a "casino developer?"