“This Week In Daily” is ODFReport’s weekly wrap of key facts, happenings and miscellany from the daily fantasy sports industry.
Stories of note
New daily fantasy sports markets
There have been a couple of interesting developments in new niche markets in the DFS industry recently:
- DailyFantasyLobby.com launched a “Super Lobby,” which aggregates all the contests at FanDuel and DraftKings. Eventually the site has plans to add in other fantasy sports sites to the lobby, and more data. For now, it appears to be a pretty cool tool for fantasy players, and a new untapped market for the DFS space.
- It seems like a natural fit for STATS LLC to get more heavily involved in the daily fantasy sports market, as it is rolling out DFS projection packages for its media clients. First will be Major League Baseball, followed by products for NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA football and basketball and soccer. Like the super lobby, the stats will be tailored for contests at FanDuel and Draft Kings.
It will be interesting to see how these products will mesh with and grow in the industry, and to see what other ancillary markets might develop related to DFS.
Fantasy sports talk at Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
Fantasy sports was one of the hot topics of the annual conference held at MIT devoted to advanced statistics and their application to sports. Topics that came up included:
- Baseball and DFS
- How pros use analytics to make money at DFS
- Is DFS actually a form of gambling?
Read more here on the various ways DFS came up at the two-day conference.
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Read(s) of the week
All has been quiet on the team sponsorship front for about a month, after a flurry of deals struck by DraftKings with a number of teams, mostly in the NBA. Then came news that FanDuel and the Indiana Pacers were working on a deal.
This story from the Indy Star actually goes a little deeper than the usual story about DFS sites and teams striking partnerships. Also, we learned that the Pacers are also looking at DraftKings and DailyMVP for a deal.
The Pacers apparently aren’t in a rush to get a deal done, but it will be interesting to see if pitting FD and DK against each other makes a final contract more lucractive for the Pacers, and for other franchises moving forward.
If you’re wondering about the current legal landscape for DFS for different states in the United States, this is a pretty good summary of where we stand.
We all know that DFS sites don’t take players from Arizona, Louisiana, Iowa, Montana, and Washington, but this story also runs down some of the gray states, like Kansas. You can also check out our permitted states table if you are unsure of the climate in any jurisdiction.
Watch of the week
DraftKings CEO Jason Robins talks with CNBC about the popularity and legality of daily fantasy sports:
Tweet of the week
— Sloan Sports Conf. (@SloanSportsConf) February 28, 2015
–The Sloan Analytics Conference‘s official Twitter account, bringing up former MIT blackjack team member Jeff Ma‘s comments about fantasy sports.
Quote of the week
“Our difficulty is that our fantasy products need to evolve in a way that they don’t require quite the 162-game, 183-day commitment that the traditional fantasy crowd might not. I think we need to develop games that require a less constant commitment. We know guys who play fantasy who are so into it they don’t have time for their real jobs. It’s a big time commitment and I think it’s important to have games that have a little less of a commitment.
—New Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, talking about fantasy sports at the Sloan Analytics Conference.
Number of the week
The largest guaranteed prize pool for DraftKings’ next mixed martial arts contest on March 14 for UFC 185 — its second since a partnership was announced with the UFC.