“This Week In Daily” is LegalSportsReport’s weekly wrap of key facts, happenings and miscellany from the daily fantasy sports industry.
Stories of note
DFS at the Global Gaming Expo
Daily fantasy sports was one of the most discussed topics of this week’s G2E. There were several panels, and it was part of the keynote (see below). This seems to sum up the general feeling of the event:
Biggest takeaway from #G2E2015 is gaming industry can't understand why fantasy sports is legal & sports betting isn't in U.S.
— Darren Heitner (@DarrenHeitner) September 29, 2015
ESPN agreed, capturing some of the mood in a contentious panel that discussed the possibility of regulation of sports betting and DFS.
DraftKings CEO Jason Robins appeared in a much less heated panel, making his case for DFS as a game of skill and the possibility of synergy with the casino industry. You can see some of Robins’ comments from his panel below:
On the heels of all the discussion, we took a closer look at what a regulated DFS industry might look like.
In the end, G2E seemed like a continuation of what we have already seen in recent months: Namely, no one is quite sure what to make of the DFS industry, or what to do with it.
DraftKings ramping up NFL efforts
There is still no deal between a DFS site and the NFL as a full league partnership, but DraftKings is really stomping on the gas on the pro football front. This week:
- DraftKings signed a deal with the NFL Players’ Association, and current players will soon be featured in their ads.
- DraftKings is partnering with the NFL International Series for games being played in London over the next three years.
With teams pretty much all lined up with FanDuel and DraftKings, already, that leaves us to wonder how long until we see a deal between one of the sites and the league as an official partner. The NFL seems to be getting involved in DFS in just about every other way possible, but will it make that final step that other pro leagues have taken?
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Read of the week
DraftKings has been saying that it is currently the No. 1 operator in the DFS space, and LSR has generally agreed, although the difference between DK and FanDuel is not a huge one. Now, they are apparently getting serious about the claim that they, and not FanDuel, are the industry leader.
DraftKings cofounder Paul Liberman revealed the advertising demand Friday during a conference at Babson College — though he apparently didn’t mean to. Addressing an audience of roughly 100 students, Liberman fielded a question about competition with FanDuel and mentioned that “we’re going through a formal process of making them take ‘leader in fantasy sports’ out of all their marketing messages.”
Will anything come of it? That’s unclear and also probably unlikely. It also probably doesn’t matter much, in the grand scheme of things. But it is interesting that DraftKings is worried about the message at all.
Watch of the week
Unirkn (eSports betting site) CEO Rahul Sood gave the keynote at G2E:
Tweets of the week
NCAA Council met this week. No change to stance on fantasy sports being a form of gambling. Student-athletes still prohibited from playing.
— David Payne Purdum (@DavidPurdum) October 2, 2015
— Chris Krafcik (@CKrafcik) September 30, 2015
Number of the week
In case you missed it
- Apparently a key Massachusetts legislator has expected to hear from DraftKings by now.
- Draft Ops will guarantee $5 million over five contests.
- We took a look at what editorials are saying about legalizing/regulating DFS; and a new one here from the Sun Sentinel.
- I spoke about DFS on Southern California public radio.
- An interview with Draft’s Jeremy Levine.
- DraftKings and FanDuel both filled their biggest contests on Sunday.
- “I Tried Daily Fantasy Sports And It Is Evil” via Deadspin
- The latest “DraftDuel” parody commercial.
- More about FanDuel commercial staple Bradley C.
- A FanDuel ad uses images of college players, allegedly without their permission; FD blames a third party.
- Online poker or DFS, which takes more skill? A poker pro weighs in.
- A former president of Bodog believes a recreational model is the future of DFS.