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Contests will be based on the World Series. That series will feature the National League champion Los Angeles Dodgers and either the New York Yankees or Houston Astros from the American League:
“We spent a good portion of this year building out a flexible platform to allow us to offer a variety of game styles,” said Mark Nerenberg, a VP overseeing game operations for DraftKings. “One benefit will be that we can create games tailored around big sporting events which we weren’t able to do in the past.
“For the World Series, we decided to allow users to pick players from the upcoming two games and we also including relief pitchers since they play such a critical and exciting role in the postseason.”
Here’s a video from DraftKings on the product.
The World Series will start on Tuesday.
The top DFS sites have not dabbled much in contests on the championship series or games of any of the four major team sports in the US. That generally has to do with the fact that it’s difficult to construct contests around games with the same players, using the sites’ core offerings.
DraftKings did base a contest on the Super Bowl and the Pro Bowl last NFL season, however.
DraftKings has been nothing if not open to trying to new things — and seeing if they work — in recent times. These offerings have often been aimed at making games more friendly for casual users.
The DraftKings product tries to capture people who would like to have a rooting financial interest in the World Series. Legal options in the US are almost non-existent outside of Nevada sports betting.
Exceptions are Boom Fantasy, which will likely offer its product with questions based on the World Series; and FastPick, a form of fantasy-based parlay wagering available in New Jersey. (There will, of course, be plenty of Americans wagering on the World Series via offshore sportsbooks, which operate in the US despite a federal ban.)
In the end, a new game variant based on the World Series is the latest example of DraftKings pushing the envelope and offering something new and different for its users.