Almost two years after a fantasy sports law went on the books in New York, FanDuel and Fantasy Draft got some welcome news in the state.
New in New York DFS
FanDuel is now able to offer its daily fantasy golf and soccer products to players located in New York for the first time, the site confirmed to Legal Sports Report:
“We are excited to announce that New Yorkers can now enter paid soccer and golf contests. Following conversations with the New York Gaming Commission, millions of sports fans in New York will have more ways to play and win on FanDuel right before tee off at Augusta this weekend.”
Fantasy Draft also confirmed it was now offering fantasy golf in New York, as did Boom Fantasy.
Regulations in the state had prevented any operator from rolling out contests based on new sports that they did not offer prior to the enactment of a 2016 law.
FanDuel did not offer either golf or soccer contests in the US at the time, launching both in 2017.
That has led to competitor DraftKings having a small advantage in the state, as it has long offered fantasy golf contests, predating the NY law.
The Masters is almost here…
It was really good timing for FanDuel, as The Masters — the first major tournament of the PGA Tour season — tees off on Thursday.
The biggest contest at the site will guarantee $500,000 in prizes, with a $9 entry fee. Fantasy Draft’s largest contest is $25,000 guaranteed.
FanDuel still lags far behind DraftKings in terms of popularity of its golf product. At DK, the top contest for The Masters is $3.5 million with a $20 buy-in.
Both sites are hoping the return of Tiger Woods to the pro scene in recent weeks — and his return to Augusta — will generate more interest than usual in fantasy golf.