Sooners QB Mayfield reaches plea, pays fine

Sooners QB Mayfield reaches plea, pays fine

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of public intoxication, disorderly conduct and fleeing in Fayetteville (Ark.) District Court.

Mayfield reached a plea bargain last week resulting in a total of $480 in fines for the three charges, according to the court. Mayfield also owes $483.20 in restitution. Prosecutors dropped a resisting arrest charge against Mayfield.

Fayetteville City Prosecutor Brian Thomas said Monday that the deal Mayfield received is a typical offer and that the quarterback was “treated like anyone else.”

Mayfield was arrested Feb. 25 in Fayetteville. Dash cam footage later released showed police tackling Mayfield into a wall after he tried to run from the scene.

Last week, Oklahoma announced that Mayfield would be required to participate in a university alcohol-education course and complete 35 hours of community service before the fall semester as a result of the arrest but that he would not miss any game action this season.

Mayfield was a Heisman finalist in 2016.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Published at Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:33:31 +0000

FTC seeks to block FanDuel, DraftKings merger

The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that it would seek to block the merger between the two leading daily fantasy sites, FanDuel and DraftKings.

The regulatory body said it would file a suit, together with California and Washington, D.C., in an effort to temporarily stop the two, who own 90 percent of the daily fantasy business, from combining into what its officials believe would be an illegal monopoly.

“The proposed merger would deprive customers of the substantial benefits of direct competition between DraftKings and FanDuel,” said Tad Lipsky, acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition.

The companies agreed to merge in November after the expensive effort to reign supreme (an estimated $750 million in marketing was spent by the two companies in fall 2015) and political battles with states as to whether daily fantasy was to be considered gambling.

“We are disappointed by this decision and continue to believe that a merger is in the best interest of our players, our companies, our employees and the fantasy sports industry,” said DraftKings CEO Jason Robins and FanDuel CEO Nigel Eccles in a joint statement. “We are considering all our options at this time.”

The trial, the FTC notes, would commence on Nov. 21.

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Published at Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:10:19 +0000