“This Week In Daily” is LegalSportsReport’s weekly wrap of key facts, happenings and miscellany from the daily fantasy sports industry.
Stories of note
DraftKings gets a lot of money
The biggest investor in the deal was Fox Sports, who reportedly invested $150 million for 11 percent of the company. Also included in the deal is $250 million in ad spend by DraftKings at Fox Sports properties, although the deal is not an exclusive one like ESPN has with DraftKings.
As a side note, DraftKings also has $50 million in “mystery” investments that were not publicly known previously; we took a look at that issue here.
Problems with payments
It wasn’t a good week for payment issues in the industry.
First, Robert DellaFave took a look at identify verification and financial checks at Yahoo’s platform, and found them to be lagging behind the rest of the DFS industry. In fact, he believed their process was more like offshore gambling sites employ than anything else.
Then, we took a look at the sites having issues with paying players, including FantasyUp and Ballr. The former has said in the RotoGrinders forums that players would be paid “by the end of the week,” so we’ll watching for anecdotal reports here. The latter, whose website had been a dead link, now features text saying player balances are intact.
Even if and when the sites pay players, it’s not a good look for the industry, brings up legal questions, and invites regulation for the DFS space.
Of the week
Read of the week
Jeff Hwang rolls out an argument that likely a lot of people in the DFS industry believe, even if they won’t admit to it publicly: DFS is both a game of skill and gambling, at the same time. The two things aren’t mutually exclusive, he points out:
Hwang isn’t giving a legal briefing, just a look at the core of what DFS is. Of course, some of the DFS industry might also have legal problems to contend with, soon, as well; see the legal analysis currently going on in Nevada.
Watches of the week
DraftKings CEO Jason Robins and Eilers Research’s Adam Krejcik (19-minute mark) talk DFS on CNBC:
Tweets of the week
NGC chairman Burnett believes fantasy sports, and specifically DFS, is the next evolution in gaming that Nevada will have to contend with.
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) July 27, 2015
Number of the week
The total of known investment funding in DFS operators. A little more than two weeks ago, that figure stood at about $230 million.
In case you missed it
Other news and stories from the world of DFS:
- The Washington Post takes a macro look at the DFS industry.
- FanDuel signs a “record deal” for new office space in Edinburgh, Scotland.
- DraftKings is gonna award a lot of money in Week 1 of the NFL season.
- A recap of what’s not going right at Yahoo.
- The Daily Fantasy Sports Expo takes place next week in Miami.
- A good read on DFS startup SportsLock.
- DraftKings’ golf product does well even when there’s not a major.