John Oliver took on daily fantasy sports last night, a market seemingly duopolized by DraftKings and FanDuel, and one that's become so ubiquitous that it's almost a surprise when you consume anything related to the NFL and there's not a hint of either company anywhere. Its advertisements are now so common on television broadcasts that they've become a source of mockery, despite being banned in more and more states as governments increasingly see daily fantasy as just another form of gambling.
In his quest to expose daily fantasy sites, though, Oliver also mocked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Jacksonville Jaguars for producing unwatchable football. "[Daily fantasy] is frankly the only thing that's going to make people want to watch the Bucs and Jaguars on a rainy Thursday night. Because no one is watching just to watch the majesty of Tampa Bay kicker Connor Barth, unless you're Connor's mom. And even then, she might DVR it."
If the video won't start at the right time for you, go to 3:20. Or just watch the entire thing, because it's worth it and a very good takedown of the daily fantasy industry that's been rife with controversy over the past few months.
Of course, the irony of all of this is that I'm posting this while simultaneously running a weekly series of posts sponsored by FanDuel. Good fun.