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U.S. regulators might block the merger of FanDuel and DraftKings

The fate of two of the largest daily fantasy sports sites lies in limbo as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decides if a merger will create an unfair market. In the U.S., Fan Duel and Draft Kings dominate the daily fantasy market. The two companies remain separate at this point, and have not always seen eye to eye. Both sites went on a mass spending spree to see who could outdo each other in marketing and campaigns.

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8/19/2017

article Tips and tricks for fantasy sports junkies covered at show coming to Mississauga
(Ontario) -- Sick and tired of finishing last in your fantasy sports league and having to endure the endless hours of mocking from friends that come with it?

8/18/2017

article $3B industry returning to Delaware nearly a year after it left
(Delaware) -- A $3 billion industry is returning to Delaware nearly one year after its operators were asked to leave. Daily online fantasy sports businesses left...
article Why Casinos Should Be Embracing Daily Fantasy Sports
(New Jersey) -- The often tense relationship between casinos and daily fantasy sports (DFS), one that’s seen lobbyists for each frequently oppose each other in...

8/17/2017

article Resorts adds European soccer to online daily fantasy game
(Atlantic City) -- Resorts Digital Gaming, the interactive arm of Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City, has added European soccer to its Daily Fantasy Sport site, Fastpick...
article What Do 17.2 Million Women Know That You Don’t (Yet)?
(Internet) -- Fantasy Football is right around the corner. Does it surprise you that over 17 MILLION women play Fantasy Football? In fact, participation has grown over...

8/16/2017

article DraftKings Commercials Are Back, But Don’t Expect TV To Be Overrun By Them
(USA) -- The history of daily fantasy sports is almost synonymous with commercials. They’re back, of course — DraftKings revealed some of theirs this week....
article Odell Beckham was 'speechless' after seeing ESPN's tone deaf fantasy football 'auction' segment
(USA) -- Because nobody at ESPN realized that auctioning off mostly black NFL players to a group comprised mostly of white guys may be a tad problematic, the Worldwide...

8/15/2017

article ESPN Apologizes for Fantasy Football ‘Auction’ Segment, Which Included Black Players
(USA) -- ESPN released a statement apologizing for a segment in which an auctioneer "sold" players, both white and black. The segment drew significant...

8/14/2017

article One Billion Dollars? Free-To-Play DraftKings NFL Contest Offers Big Potential Payout For ‘Perfect Lineup’
(Internet) -- Yes, you can win a billion dollars at DraftKings, without paying to enter the “Billion Dollar Lineup” challenge. The contest is free to play...

8/13/2017

article DraftKings, FanDuel - daily fantasy sports regroup after merger fail
(New York) -- A merger between DraftKings and FanDuel, the two biggest daily fantasy sports companies in the United States, was thought to be a slam dunk deal earlier...
article Local start-up POANG hopes to score big with novel fantasy sports app
(Malta) -- It’s not every day that a three-man start-up successfully courts a large company for investment on an “idea they’ve been working on”,...

8/11/2017

article Delaware Legalizes DFS
(Delaware) -- Delaware became the 14th U.S. state to legalize and regulate daily fantasy sports when Governor John Carney signed a DFS bill into law, while a DFS bill in...
article Now legal in N.H., daily fantasy sports sites set for kickoff
(New Hampshire) -- The start of the NFL regular season – now less than a month away – also means the beginning of the busiest time of year for fantasy sports...
article Maine adopts rules about fantasy sports betting
(Maine) -- Maine is adopting rules about daily fantasy sports games that classify the contests as games of skill and create a tax structure for them.
article Massachusetts Recommends Treating DFS as Gaming
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Special Commission on Online Gaming, Fantasy Sports Gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports last week narrowly voted to recommend that daily...
article Valery Bollier: fantasy sports responds to the needs of new generation
(Malta) -- Daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators are predicting a fantasy sports boom in Asia in the coming years and there are tell-tale signs to back their claims.

8/10/2017

article Maine legalises daily fantasy sports
(Maine) -- Maine has become the 15th US state to legalise paid-for daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests. DFS is now classed as a ‘game of skill’ in Maine and...

8/9/2017

article Daily Fantasy A Different Way: DraftKings Takes Away Salaries With New ‘Pick’em’ Format
(New York) -- DraftKings is launching a new daily fantasy sports product called “Pick’em” that will try to engage more casual players in time for NFL...
article DraftKings FanDuel Merger Fails: Here's What's Next for NFL
(New York) -- My very first interaction with DraftKings CEO Jason Robins involved me flailing my arms in the air and screaming, “Turn! I’m open!” He...
article Maine legalises daily fantasy sports
(Maine) -- Maine has become the 15th US state to legalise paid-for daily fantasy sports (DFS) contests. DFS is now classed as a ‘game of skill’ in Maine and...
article Is Bigger Better? DraftKings Outpaces FanDuel For Big Week 1 NFL Contests
(New York) -- DraftKings and FanDuel both posted some of their NFL contests for Week 1 of the daily fantasy football season in what could prove to be a pivotal time for...

8/8/2017

article Irish-owned FanDuel shuts UK site to focus on America
(UK) -- An IRISH tycoon has closed the UK arm of his gaming business just a year after he launched it. Nigel Eccles - from Cookstown, Co Tyrone - has become one of the...

8/7/2017

article Bets Are Off In NY? Regulators Seek To Exclude Prop Betting From Fantasy Sports Law
(New York) -- The New York State Gaming Commission is seeking to limit what a 2016 fantasy sports law allows via draft regulations, according to a copy of the document...
article No Pain In Maine For Smaller Fantasy Sports Operators [sub req]
(Maine) -- Maine has officially joined 14 other states in regulating daily fantasy sports (DFS), but unlike other states that have legalized the popular skill-based...

8/6/2017

article DraftKings, FanDuel Face Test of Their Business as They Go It Alone [sub req]
(USA) -- After scrapping plans to merge, rivals DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. must now separately determine whether daily fantasy sports is a viable business—...
article FanDuel hands more equity to backers in merger-termination deal
(Scotland) -- EDINBURGH tech unicorn FanDuel has handed a larger chunk of equity to its financial backers as a result of its planned merger with rival DraftKings falling...
article India high court finds fantasy sports a game of skill in landmark ruling
(India) -- Because it requires a substantial degree of skill, judgment and discretion, the Punjab and Haryana High Court in India has ruled that playing fantasy sports...

8/5/2017

article Britain is the new ball game that Fanduel will do without
(UK) -- Fanduel appears to have given up on its British ambitions after the fantasy sports company emailed customers to say that it would not be offering its services...
article US fantasy sports giant DraftKings is planning to launch in Ireland this year
(Ireland) -- US DAILY FANTASY sports giant DraftKings – one half of a duopoly that dominate the fast-growing industry – has said that it plans to launch its...

8/4/2017

article All bets down for the future of DFS and online gambling
(USA) -- If anything might be a sure thing or a lock in gambling is we often reflect on how "lucky" we got. I cannot recall anyone shouting how "skilled...
article Sky Bet targets fantasy sports with Dribble deal
(USA) -- Sky Betting and Gaming has joined forces with fantasy football expert Dribble in an effort to expand its offering into the UK daily fantasy sports (DFS) market...

8/2/2017

article A skillful decision on daily fantasy sports
(Massachusetts) -- As this gaming industry grows, more states ask if it is worth probing how much players rely on skill versus chance. A Massachusetts panel has given...
article Is there skill in fantasy sports? Massachusetts commission calls it gambling
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts state commission panel voted this week to classify fantasy sports participation as a gambling activity, rather than a skill-based game.

8/1/2017

article Lawmakers working to regulate daily fantasy sports
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts legalized daily fantasy sports last year, but only until July 2018. Now, some state lawmakers want to make the industry permanently...
article Massachusetts Commission Split Over Best Path Forward For Online Gambling, Daily Fantasy Sports
(Massachusetts) -- Hours of expert testimony and months of digging into the issues were apparently not enough for some members of the Massachusetts Special Commission on...
article Massachusetts panel passes daily fantasy sports recommendations
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, the special state panel established last year in order to study the possibility of legalizing numerous forms online gambling has...
article Massachusetts to rule DFS as iGaming
(Massachusetts) -- As Massachusetts is debating legalisation of iGaming industry, a special commission proposed a new bill that would label daily fantasy sports...
article State Panel Says Daily Fantasy Sports Should Be Considered Gambling
(Massachusetts) -- When you play fantasy sports, is it a game of skill or a game of luck? That's a key question in the debate over whether daily fantasy sports...
article State Panel Says Massachusetts Should Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports As Gambling
(Massachusetts) -- A special legislative commission tasked with coming up with recommendations about online gambling has issued its final report to members of the...

7/31/2017

article Fantasy sports advocates oppose online gaming report
(Massachusetts) -- Daily fantasy sports ­advocates are balking at a special state legislative panel report that recommends a definition of online gaming that...
article Fantasy Sports Should Be Treated Like ‘Online Gaming,’ Massachusetts Panel Says: Impacts And Analysis
(Massachusetts) -- Trouble is brewing in the birthplace of daily fantasy sports regulation and the home of DraftKings. A special commission in Massachusetts voted to...
article Mass. moves to classify fantasy sports as 'online gaming' — and DraftKings isn't happy
(Massachusetts) -- Boston-based DraftKings Inc. railed against a state commission's decision that recommends classifying daily fantasy sports under the broad...
article Massachusetts panel says daily fantasy sports should be classified as gambling
(Massachusetts) -- A divided state commission Monday voted to recommend classifying daily fantasy sports contests as gambling, a setback for DraftKings Inc., which may...
article Massachusetts set to vote on fantasy sports and online game
(Massachusetts) -- It has been reported that moves are afoot in the state of Massachusetts to classify fantasy sports once and for all, with a commission set to vote on...
article Skill or luck? Panel is reviewing whether fantasy sports are really gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Daily fantasy sports companies have long held fast to the position that their customers, who put money on the performance of real-life athletes, are...
article State has blueprint to expand legal online gaming
(Massachusetts) -- The Legislature has a potential blueprint to expand legal online gaming in Massachusetts after a special commission finalized its report Monday over...
article FanDuel withdraws from UK market after one season
(UK) -- The company has told players that it will not offer any contests in the UK this season, with all player balances refunded. "We hope to be back in the future...
article Fantasy sports firms eye billion-dollar reality in Asia
(Asia) -- High smartphone usage and an existing eSports ecosystem could bring mainstream appeal in the region for an industry that is hungry for new participants By July...

7/30/2017

article Fantasy sports firms eye billion-dollar reality in Asia
(Asia) -- New entrants to Asia Pacific’s fledgling fantasy sports industry are counting on the region’s active smartphone usage and growing eSports ecosystem...
article Delaware Legalizes DFS As Maine Draws Close To The Finish Line
(Delaware) -- The dog days of summer produced a pretty busy week for daily fantasy sports legislation. Delaware crossed the finish line in fourteenth place, and Maine is...
article New speed limit, Fantasy Sports laws take effect in Arkansas
(Arkansas) -- A series of bills that were approved in this year's Arkansas General Assembly will become law this week, including a law concerning the placement of...
article Skill or luck? Panel is reviewing whether fantasy sports are really gambling
(Massachusetts) -- Daily fantasy sports companies have long held fast to the position that their customers, who put money on the performance of real-life athletes, are...

7/28/2017

article DraftKings dismay by online gaming label
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has raised DraftKings' hackles over its new proposal to label the service as online gaming. “At this...
article Daily Fantasy Sports Retreat: FanDuel Pulls Out of UK After One Year
(UK) -- Daily fantasy sports site FanDuel announced on Friday that it would discontinue service to the UK market, a setback for the expansion of DFS beyond North America.
article The end for FanDuel in the UK?
(UK) -- In an e-mail sent to current players, FanDuel has announced it will not be offering its services for the forthcoming season, with a full refund being offered to...
article Daily Fantasy Sports Retreat: FanDuel Pulls Out of UK After One Year
(UK) -- Daily fantasy sports site FanDuel announced on Friday that it would discontinue service to the UK market, a setback for the expansion of DFS beyond North America.

7/27/2017

article Delaware Gov signs fantasy sports legislation
(Delaware) -- John Carney, governor of Delaware, has signed late on Wednesday the bill that authorises daily fantasy sports (DFS) operations in the state. HB 249 amends...
article Delaware reinstates fantasy sports, with a tax on operators
(Delaware) -- Gov. John Carney, D-Delaware, signed legislation Wednesday that allows Delawareans to bet on fantasy sports, and directs the state to create regulations...
article Resorts’ FastPick Balances DFS Equation
(Atlantic City) -- FastPick, the recently launched DFS platform from Resorts Digital Gaming, can work like a parlay card, fantasy-football style, offering a fair,...

7/26/2017

article Is Massachusetts set to categorise daily fantasy sports as online betting?
(Massachusetts) -- Fantasy sports should officially be defined as online gambling – that’s the view of the Massachusetts Special Commission on Online Gaming...
article NH legalizes fantasy sports with special rules for experienced players
(New Hampshire) -- A new law officially makes it legal to play fantasy sports in the Granite State and while it doesn't change a lot, if you are a fantasy sports...
article Delaware guv signs tax- and fee-heavy fantasy sports legislation
(Delaware) -- Delaware has become the 14th US state to authorize daily fantasy sports operations, just as the state’s real-money online gambling market took a...
article DraftKings, FanDuel Set To Reenter Delaware After Gov. Carney Signs Fantasy Sports Law
(Delaware) -- Delaware became the 14h state to put a fantasy sports law on the books, and the most recent in a flurry of small Northeastern states to do so. The new law...
article Resorts debuts fantasy sports wagering
(Atlantic City) -- If Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) interests you, but you think you can’t compete against “professional” players, FastPick.com may be the...

7/25/2017

article Draft Kings disgruntled with online gaming panel recommendations
(Massachusetts) -- The panel that has been studying the emerging online gaming industries on Tuesday recommended that the Legislature broadly define “online gaming...
article DraftKings raises a stink about Mass. online gaming proposal; vote delayed
(Massachusetts) -- Boston-based DraftKings Inc. is not so happy with a state commission's proposal that would classify daily fantasy sports under the broad umbrella...
article DraftKings unhappy with special commission draft report that suggests rolling them under the Massachusetts Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- Daily fantasy sports and the local company DraftKings should be placed under the oversight of Massachusetts Gaming Commission, according to a draft...
article Fanball founders will re-launch the brand as a daily fantasy sports site sub req]
(Minnesota) -- Fanball founders Rob Phythian and Paul Charchian are back in the sports-fantasy game and taking on FanDuel and DraftKings, who Phythian said are "...
article New Jersey’s New DFS Law Could Open Doors For Casino Industry
(New Jersey) -- The clock is now ticking on Gov. Chris Christie officially signing A3532, a bill regulating daily fantasy sports (DFS) that was passed by the New Jersey...

7/24/2017

article Fantasy Sports Are Now Officially Legal in N.H.
(New Hampshire) -- Next month, for the first time, New Hampshire residents can "legally" draft players for fantasy football leagues. Recently, Gov. Chris...
article GOUKER: No, We’re Not Close To Witnessing The Death Of Daily Fantasy Sports
(USA) -- Pundits and writers have been trying to forecast the death of daily fantasy sports dating back to 2015. That’s when the industry got turned on its head in...

7/21/2017

article California Joins Sports Betting Fight; New Hampshire Legalizes DFS
(California) -- New Hampshire added its name to the growing list of states that have legalized daily fantasy sports. The register of DFS states now stands at a baker...

7/19/2017

article VIDEO: Disney vs. casinos: There's an 'Animal Farm' connection
(Florida) -- Disney vs. Casinos. The theme park giant has fought voter initiatives before, but now wants voters help in fighting gambling.

7/18/2017

article DraftKings CEO Talks Future After Abandoned FanDuel Merger; Will Feature Simpler NFL Contests This Fall
(Massachusetts) -- DraftKings CEO Jason Robins talked about the future of his company during a Facebook Live session, after the merger with FanDuel was scuttled last...
article New Daily Fantasy Sports Product Further Blurs Line Between DFS and Sports Betting
(Atlantic City) -- Atlantic City’s first daily fantasy sports (DFS) platform is taking a new approach to the online contests. Offered by Resorts Digital Gaming,...
article Resorts Casino Hotel Becomes First In New Jersey To Offer Daily Fantasy Sports
(Atlantic City) -- As New Jersey awaits the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on a case concerning whether it can allow sports betting within its borders, an Atlantic...
article Resorts Casino in Atlantic City launch state’s first legal fantasy sports game
(Atlantic City) -- A casino in New Jersey that was the state’s very first, has become the first in Atlantic City to allow visitors to partake in daily fantasy...
article Resorts first NJ casino to launch daily fantasy sports games
(Atlantic City) -- Who will score more points: Russell Westbrook or LeBron James? Who will throw for more touchdowns: Cam Newton or Carson Wentz? Will Manny Machado or...
article LEGAL BLOG: More Than a Fantasy? An Analysis of the Legality of Daily Fantasy Sports
(Florida) -- From a historical overview, Florida Statutes Section 849.14 makes it unlawful to bet on the result of a trial or contest of skill. Daily fantasy sports...
article New Jersey casino to offer DFS
(New Jersey) -- Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) is a daily topic in the American gambling industry as its legalisation is being debated in several states and has only been...
article Will Pro Sports Leagues Draw A Line In The Sand On Parlay Fantasy Sports Wagering? Don’t Bet On It.
(New Jersey) -- Some would say that Monday was the day that legal sports betting finally came to New Jersey. That’s not quite true, of course. But Monday did...
article Fantasy football organisers warned over licence rules
(UK) -- Fantasy football organisers have been warned against breaking UK gambling laws ahead of the new Premier League season by the Gambling Commission. The regulator...

7/17/2017

article Fantasy sports gambling launches at 1st Atlantic City casino
(Atlantic City) -- New Jersey's first casino has become the first in Atlantic City to let patrons play daily fantasy sports contests for money. Resorts Casino Hotel...
article Resorts Atlantic City adds new daily fantasy sports contests
(Atlantic City) -- Resorts Digital Gaming on Monday announced plans to launch "the next wave of innovation in Daily Fantasy Sports (“DFS”)" at...
article Abandoned DraftKings-FanDuel merger could spell the end of daily fantasy sports — and the dawn of legalized betting
(Washington D.C.) -- In its response to a Federal Trade Commission complaint that its planned merger with its chief rival was anti-competitive, DraftKings acknowledged...
article DraftKings and FanDuel Call Off Merger Following FTC Intervention
(Washington D.C.) -- On July 13, 2017, daily fantasy sports providers DraftKings and FanDuel announced their decision to call off their proposed merger. Last month, the...
article UK Gaming Commission Puts Out Warning On Running Fantasy Sports Contests
(UK) -- The UK Gaming Commission put out a warning on Monday about running unauthorized fantasy sports leagues with entry fees. The notice from the UKGC notes that...

7/16/2017

article DraftKings, FanDuel Cancel Proposed Merger
(USA) -- Daily fantasy sports (DFS) leaders DraftKings and FanDuel announced Thursday that they have cancelled their planned merger and will remain competitors.
article Aussie DFS Start-up, PlayUP, Eyes International Expansion
(Australia) -- An Australian daily fantasy sports site with a novel take on the concept is seeking a $10 million round of funding in order to explore domestic and...

7/15/2017

article Want to enhance your "Game of Thrones" experience? How about a fantasy sports-style game
(USA) -- The seventh season of HBO's “Game of Thrones” debuts Sunday night at 9 p.m. For the millions of loyal fans, that fact alone is enough. But for a...

7/14/2017

article DraftKings, FanDuel Call Off Daily Fantasy Sports Merger
(Massachusetts) -- The two leading daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel have scrapped their proposed merger about a month after federal regulators sued...
article Game Over: Daily Fantasy Sports Merger Between FanDuel, DraftKings Is Off
(USA) -- The “big two” of daily fantasy sports are apparently not going to become one, as the merger between DraftKings and FanDuel is officially off. The...

7/13/2017

article DraftKings and FanDuel terminate merger
(New York) -- Fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel have decided to terminate their proposed merger, following the objection of federal antitrust regulators. Why...
article Fanduel CEO reveals information on merger with DraftKings; doubt still remains
(Internet) -- For months now, daily fantasy sports fans have been awaiting a big merger between the two top providers of contests, FanDuel and DraftKings. The merger has...
article FanDuel In FTC Merger Filing: ‘DraftKings Is The Country’s Largest DFS Provider’
(New York) -- FanDuel said that DraftKings is the largest daily fantasy sports operator in the country in filings in its case against the Federal Trade Commission. That...
article Australian DFS startup PlayUp seeks $7.7 million to expand internationally
(Australia) -- PlayUp, an Australian startup that offers an advertisement-paid version of daily fantasy sports (DFS) is looking for AUD $10 Million (US $7.7 million) to...

7/12/2017

article FanDuel CEO ‘evaluating options’ on DraftKings merger
(New York) -- FanDuel’s CEO said he is considering whether to scrap a proposed merger with rival DraftKings after federal regulators moved to challenge the deal in...
article FanDuel may walk away from merger with DraftKings
(New York) -- US DFS operator FanDuel is reportedly considering abandoning its proposed merger with fellow DFS heavyweight DraftKings after the US government announced...

7/11/2017

article FanDuel is weighing whether to drop its merger with DraftKings
(USA) -- FanDuel is considering whether to walk away from its proposed merger with DraftKings in light of a decision by the U.S. government to challenge the deal in...
article FanDuel to get further funding after failed merger
(USA) -- After the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) blocked its merger with rival DraftKings, FanDuel will need its investors to inject more funds into the company. One...
article FTC Temporarily Halts Proposed DraftKings-FanDuel Merger
(Washington D.C.) -- On June 20, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a temporary restraining order blocking the daily fantasy...
article N.J. ready to legalize and regulate daily fantasy, still big but not booming
(New Jersey) -- The Senate two weeks ago passed and the Legislature sent to the governor a bill to allow daily fantasy sports betting in New Jersey. Presumably Gov....

7/10/2017

article DraftKings and FanDuel insist on merger
(Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received this week the responses from both DraftKings and FanDuel where they denied that a possible merger would...
article FanDuel 'could be forced into plea for further funds following blocked DraftKings merger'
(Scotland) -- Investors in fantasy sport operator FanDuel could be forced to inject further funds into the company after the US Federal Trade Commission blocked its...
article FanDuel fails to convince judge to move FTC case to Boston
(Washington D.C.) -- FANDUEL, the fantasy sports business that was founded in Edinburgh a decade ago, has failed in a bid to have a legal challenge to its proposed...
article FTC Temporarily Halts Proposed DraftKings-FanDuel Merger
(Washington D.C.) -- On June 20, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a temporary restraining order blocking the daily fantasy...
article LEGAL BLOG: Indiana’s Slow Implementation of Fantasy Sports Law
(Indiana) -- It has been a year since Indiana’s fantasy sports law went into effect. Nevertheless, in that time, the Hoosier State has only issued fantasy sports...

7/8/2017

article DraftKings to offer WNBA as a daily fantasy game
(New York) -- WNBA daily fantasy players will have more options after DraftKings added the league to its offerings on Friday. ”It’s been on our roadmap since...

7/7/2017

article DraftKings and FanDuel insist on merger
(New York) -- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) received this week the responses from both DraftKings and FanDuel where they denied that a possible merger would block...

7/6/2017

article How the WNBA’s bet on FanDuel is paying off huge rewards
(Connecticut) -- “I never watched a [WNBA] game before it was on FanDuel. I’ve since been to a game, bought a T-shirt, root for the local team and follow...
article Michigan bills would keep fantasy sports legal, but establish rules
(Michigan) -- A package of bills pending in the House of Representatives would protect fantasy sports as a legal activity in the state of Michigan. "Michigan...
article Indiana’s Daily Fantasy Sports Market Dominated by DraftKings and FanDuel, Smaller Operators Fold
(Indiana) -- Daily fantasy sports (DFS) companies aren’t rushing to buy into Indiana’s recently legalized market because they can’t justify the high...

7/5/2017

article Michigan lawmakers look to regulate fantasy sport, introduce new bills
(Michigan) -- Michigan lawmakers introduced bills Thursday, June 5 that would regulate fantasy sports in our state. House Republicans Jim Tedder and Aaron Miller co-...
article DraftKings, FanDuel Celebrate Legislative Wins Across The Northeast, New Jersey Included
(USA) -- While most of the country was getting ready to celebrate the Fourth of July, the daily fantasy sports industry was notching victories in several statehouses....
article New Jersey Lawmakers Send Daily Fantasy Sports Bill To Governor Chris Christie’s Desk
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey appears poised to begin taxing and regulating daily fantasy sports. Last week, New Jersey Senate passed legislation seeking to tax and...

7/4/2017

article Christie to decide if N.J. will tax, regulate daily fantasy sports
(New Jersey) -- It's now up to Gov. Chris Christie to decide if New Jersey will start taxing and regulating companies in the popular -- but highly scrutinized --...
article Fantasy meets reality as FTC puts DraftKings, FanDuel sports merger on ice
(Washington D.C.) -- It’s one bet that the house may not allow. DraftKings and FanDuel Ltd., the two biggest names in the world of online daily fantasy sports, are...
article Indiana grants first DFS licenses
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) granted DraftKings, FanDuel and FantasyDraft the permission to operate in the state as the three companies had temporary...
article What the rise of daily fantasy sports will mean for problem gambling
(Australia) -- Fantasy sports is gaining popularity around the world – and it is now big business. Articles relating to the NRL and AFL SuperCoach competitions now...

7/3/2017

article Delaware passes fantasy sports bill
(Delaware) -- Delaware is one step closer to offer daily fantasy sports (DFS) as the state’s House passed a bill with a 28-6 vote. Almost a year ago, the Delaware...
article New Jersey senate passes DFS regulation bill
(New Jersey) -- The New Jersey state Senate passed a bill on Friday that would see the creation of a fully regulated and licensed daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry in...
article New Jersey, near DFS approval
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey is near a complete approval of daily fantasy sports (DFS) as the bill only requires the signature of the state’s Governor Chris Christie...
article What’s behind new fees and regulations on New Jersey fantasy sports?
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey’s 217th Legislature has approved a new bill regulating the fantasy sports (FS) industry in that state. Essentially this means raking in...

7/2/2017

article New Jersey Legislature Passes Daily Fantasy Sports Bill
(New Jersey) -- Daily fantasy sports may soon become a regulated industry in New Jersey after the state Legislature passed on Friday a bill that authorized the licensed...

7/1/2017

article NJ lawmakers OK 10.5% tax on fantasy sports winnings
(Atlantic City) -- The Legislature on Friday passed a bill to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports and sent it to Republican Gov. Chris Christie for his signature. The...
article DraftKings, FanDuel, FantasyDraft granted Indiana fantasy sports licenses
(Indiana) -- Just three paid fantasy sports companies have obtained licenses to offer their games in Indiana. The state gaming commission granted licenses Thursday to...

6/30/2017

article Maine Lawmakers Sign Off On Fantasy Sports Gambling Bill
(Maine) -- The Legislature has given all but final approval to a measure that would legalize fantasy sports gambling in Maine. But the measure could be in trouble.
article Fantasy sports operators get first state licenses
(Indiana) -- Three fantasy sports league operators received approval Thursday for state licenses, the first granted in Indiana, where the paid contests are considered a...
article Fantasy sports sites get approval
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission on Thursday approved three paid fantasy sports operators for Indiana. This comes after legislators officially made the...
article State Approves Three Fantasy Sports Companies Under New Regulations
(Indiana) -- The Indiana Gaming Commission Thursday granted licenses to three paid fantasy sports companies. That comes after state lawmakers approved new regulations on...
article Delaware passes fantasy sports bill
(Delaware) -- The House passed by 28-6 a bill that would legalise and regulate daily fantasy sports in Delaware. US.- Delaware is one step closer to offer daily fantasy...

6/29/2017

article Indiana licenses three paid fantasy sports operations
(Indiana) -- Hoosiers who attempt to win money playing paid fantasy sports contests will have just three legal outlets starting Saturday. DraftKings, Inc.; FanDuel, Inc...
article Delaware House passes daily fantasy sports bill
(Delaware) -- Delaware has taken a step closer to introducing a regulated daily fantasy sports (DFS) market after a bill was passed in the US state’s House....

6/26/2017

article Feds Threaten DraftKings, FanDuel Merger
(Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to block the pending merger of daily fantasy sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel saying a merged company...

6/25/2017

article US seeks to block DraftKings & FanDuel fantasy sports merger
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Federal Trade Commission has said it will seek to stop the merger of daily-fantasy-sports giants, DraftKings and FanDuel, because the...

6/22/2017

article Fantasy sports giants to state commission: Leave us alone
(Massachusetts) -- DraftKings and FanDuel, two pioneers in online fantasy sports betting who face the prospect of more state regulation and taxation, are urging a state...
article Federal judge grants temporary restraining order in FanDuel, DraftKings merger case
(USA) -- A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order that prevents DraftKings and FanDuel from completing its merger as the Federal Trade Commission seeks to...
article Judge temporarily halts daily fantasy sports merger
(Massachusetts) -- A federal judge has temporarily halted the planned merger between daily fantasy sports companies FanDuel and DraftKings.
article Delaware bill could legalize fantasy sports betting
(Delaware) -- If a bill making its way through the House becomes law, Delawareans will be able to bet on fantasy sports. Current state law does not allow online fantasy...
article Vermont Legislature passes Fantasy Sports Bill
(Vermont) -- In a move to become the latest state to regulate daily fantasy sports ("DFS"), the Vermont Legislature has passed a bill defining fantasy sports...
article Fantasy sports players in North America near 60M
(USA) -- Despite regulatory woes in the U.S., the number of fantasy sports players in North America has grown 3.3 percent this year. Fantasy sports players in North...

6/21/2017

article DraftKings and Fan Duel Losing Hundreds of Millions, According to Leaked Documents
(Washington D.C.) -- DraftKings and FanDuel are hemorrhaging money, according to a 106-page merger document circulated by FanDuel to its investors back in January, and...
article DraftKings-FanDuel Merger Battle Will Hinge On Who Rivals Really Are
(Washington D.C.) -- With the proposed merger of DraftKings and FanDuel in the crosshairs of the Federal Trade Commission, the two largest daily fantasy sports sites are...
article Federal judge orders temporary stop to DraftKings, FanDuel merger
(Washington D.C.) -- The proposed merger between daily-fantasy-sports giants DraftKings and FanDuel has been temporarily halted by a federal judge, days after the...
article FTC to block DraftKings, FanDuel fantasy sports merger
(Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Trade Commission said it will attempt to block the merger of the DraftKings and FanDuel fantasy sports websites because it would likely...
article GOUKER: Will DraftKings And FanDuel Actually Fight To Merge In Court, And Other Questions About The Road Ahead For DFS’ ‘Big Two’
(USA) -- The daily fantasy sports industry was turned on its head this week. First, news came down that the Federal Trade Commission would try to block the merger of...

6/20/2017

article Federal and state officials move to block fantasy sports merger between DraftKings and FanDuel
(Washington D.C.) -- Federal and state officials on Monday moved to block the merger between DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel, arguing the combination would harm competition...
article Federal Trade Commission to oppose DraftKings-FanDuel merger
(Washington D.C.) -- The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has said that it will seek to block the proposed merger between daily fantasy sports (DFS) companies...
article The DraftKings, FanDuel financials
(USA) -- Federal antitrust regulators yesterday sued to block the proposed merger of fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel, leaving the two companies scrambling to...
article Is Daily Fantasy Sports a Form of Online Gambling?
(USA) -- Just a few years ago, it seemed like you couldn’t watch a sporting event without seeing advertisements for daily fantasy sports leagues like Draft Kings...
article Why The US Pro Sports Leagues Are Partially Responsible For The Daily Fantasy Sports Mess
(USA) -- There were hot takes flying around the internet yesterday when the Federal Trade Commission announced it would seek to block the merger between daily fantasy...

6/19/2017

article DraftKings, FanDuel merger violates antitrust laws, FTC says
(Washington D.C.) -- The planned merger of daily fantasy sports leaders DraftKings and FanDuel is on hold, after the Federal Trade Commission announced Monday it would...
article FanDuel, DraftKings Merger On Thin Ice
(Washington D.C.) -- The merger of top daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel is officially on thin ice. The Federal Trade Commission announced on Monday that...
article FTC plans to challenge DraftKings FanDuel merger
(Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Trade Commission has a message for DraftKings and FanDuel before they merge: Not so fast. The two daily fantasy sports sites announced...
article FTC says it will file suit to block FanDuel, DraftKings merger
(Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Trade Commission announced Monday that it would seek to block the merger between the two leading daily fantasy sites, FanDuel and...

6/18/2017

article U.S. regulators might block the merger of FanDuel and DraftKings
(New York) -- The fate of two of the largest daily fantasy sports sites lies in limbo as the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) decides if a merger will create an unfair...
article Online rummy operator invests in Fan Fight daily fantasy sports domain
(India) -- The boss for Indian skill-based online games operator Head InfoTech India Private Limited has reportedly invested some $38,800 in WCFN Solutions Private...

6/16/2017

article FanDuel DraftKings merger in danger
(USA) -- The US Federal Trade Commission might be worried that a potential merger between DraftKings and FanDuel could endanger the competition in the daily fantasy...
article If Merger Of FanDuel And DraftKings Gets Held Up, It Might Be Good News For One Of Them
(USA) -- The proposed merger between daily fantasy sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel has reportedly hit some choppy water. Recode reported on Wednesday night that the...
article Senate legislation would establish consumer protections for and legality of Michigan fantasy sports
(Michigan) -- Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. (D-East Lansing) introduced a legislative package this week that would add a layer of protection to the fantasy sports world that...
article Regulated Fantasy Sports Generates Nowhere Near The Tax Revenue Of Regulated Online Casinos
(USA) -- The daily fantasy sports industry has a chance to generate revenue for any state that: Has passed a law regulating DFS; Is large enough to feature a meaningful...
article Ace2Three gets on fantasy sports train with Fan Fight investment
(India) -- Indian rummy website Ace2Three is planning to invest INR10 million ($155,195.50) in real-money fantasy sports portal Fan Fight, which is launching soon.
article sportsQ aims to make fantasy sports players smarter
(USA) -- The expansion of the application of technology continues to innovate fantasy sports, and sportsQ figures to be a significant factor in that perpetual evolution.
article OP/ED: Who says fantasy betting isn’t alive and well in Vegas?
(Las Vegas) -- If you are one of those folks who was head over heels in love with fantasy sports betting and are still pining away at the early departure of those mega-...

6/14/2017

article U.S. regulators might block the merger of FanDuel and DraftKings
(Washington D.C.) -- Staff at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission have raised serious competition concerns with the proposed merger of FanDuel and DraftKings, according to...
article Derby Wars To Pay $500,000 To Stronach Group, Comply With Interstate Horseracing Act, To Settle Lawsuit
(California) -- The owners of Derby Wars will pay The Stronach Group $500,000 over the next year as part of a settlement agreement that ends litigation filed by the...
article Is Daily Fantasy Sports A Form Of Gambling? New Rutgers Study Seems To Imply It Is
(New Jersey) -- Daily fantasy sports is like gambling. That’s the conclusion one will come to after reviewing Rutgers Center For Gambling Studies‘ recent...
article Legislation introduced to regulate fantasy sports games
(Michigan) -- Is the fantasy football league you're in technically illegal? Bills introduced in the State Senate would regulate fantasy sports in Michigan. The...

6/13/2017

article Yahoo is no more, but what's that mean for my Yahoo Fantasy Sports?
(USA) -- So Yahoo, the company, has bitten the dust. Verizon now officially owns the one-time Web portal, paying $4.48 billion, and is merging Yahoo with AOL to create a...

6/12/2017

article An Even Dozen: Daily Fantasy Sports Now Legal In 12 States After Vermont Enacts Law
(Vermont) -- Vermonters can now enjoy legal fantasy sports and Ben & Jerry’s at the same time. Gov. Phil Scott signed a bill legalizing and regulating paid-...
article Vermont legalised daily fantasy sports
(Vermont) -- Governor of Vermont, Phil Scott, has finally signed a bill that legalises and regulates daily fantasy sports (DFS) activity in the state. With this new...

6/6/2017

article CFL partners with TSN for fantasy sports launch
(Canada) -- Canadian media company The Sports Network (TSN) has launched a new fantasy sports service in partnership with American football competition the Canadian...
article Women in Fantasy Sports: Jackie Booth
(Massachusetts) -- Sometimes it takes being in the right place at the right time to catapult your career. For Jackie Booth, Director of Product and Analytics at...

6/5/2017

article BRENNAN: Horse racing companies win in court over daily fantasy-style game
(New Jersey) -- A 14-page ruling by a California judge will be closely scrutinized by the overall daily fantasy sports industry to see if its impact might be widespread...

6/4/2017

article For daily fantasy sports sites, legal limbo in Texas set to continue
(Texas) -- A year and a half after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion equating some fantasy sports sites to illegal gambling, the legal landscape for...
article Boom Fantasy closes $2M seed round, acquires fantasy sports rival Draftpot
(USA) -- Daily fantasy sports operator Boom Fantasy has announced a $2 million seed round, shaking up an industry that has pressed pause on expansion over to regulatory...

5/30/2017

article DraftKings, FanDuel Eye Late Push For Fantasy Sports Legalization In Illinois
(Illinois) -- The daily fantasy sports industry has a real chance to gain legal clarity in Illinois with just two days left in the legislative session.
article Plan to tax, regulate fantasy sports industry emerges in Springfield
(Illinois) -- Several bills to regulate fantasy sports betting and internet gambling surfaced at the Capitol Tuesday in a last-minute attempt to push through an idea...
article ‘Derby Wars’ Ruling Adds Fuel To NY Daily Fantasy Sports Court Case
(New York) -- The relevance of a court’s finding that daily fantasy sports for horse racing involves the taking of “wagers” is in question for the rest...

5/29/2017

article Effort in Texas to legalize daily fantasy sports appears dead
(Texas) -- The latest effort to legalize for-profit fantasy sports leagues in Texas appears to be dead. State Rep. Richard Peña Raymond had proposed legislation that...
article While Daily Fantasy Golf Keeps Growing At DraftKings And Beyond, Legal Questions Linger
(USA) -- The legal landscape of daily fantasy sports has been the subject of an ongoing debate, both at the state and federal levels. The golf vertical, however, might...

5/28/2017

article Several US States Seek to Make DFS Legal in 2017
(UK) -- Until recently, the massive potential of the Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) seemed to remain somehow outside the focus of the gaming operators on the territory of...

5/27/2017

article Bill would protect fantasy sports participants
(Ohio) -- The Ohio House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that would regulate fantasy sports and provide consumer protections for Ohioans who participate...
article Laredo lawmaker trying to revive fantasy sports legislation
(Texas) -- A Laredo lawmaker is trying to bring back from the dead legislation that would allow fantasy sports companies to operate in Texas. Just before House members...
article Should N.J. regulate daily fantasy sports? It could be up to Christie soon
(New Jersey) -- Gov. Chris Christie could soon decide if New Jersey will begin regulating and taxing daily fantasy sports companies. The state Senate voted 33-0 on...
article B2B Daily Fantasy Sports Acquisition Targets Growth In Europe
(Internet) -- Daily fantasy sports service provider Mondogoal has been acquired by Global Daily Fantasy Sports, Inc. in a purchase that includes all of Mondogoal's...

5/25/2017

article Fantasy Sports Tax Bills Move to New Jersey Senate
(New Jersey) -- Large-scale commercial fantasy sports activities and short-term accommodations booked with Airbnb Inc. and other online services would be taxed under...
article DraftKings to open Chicago office, it's first location outside the East Coast
(Chicago) -- Daily fantasy sports site DraftKings will open a new office in downtown Chicago. The company plans to staff the office with as many as 50 employees,...

5/24/2017

article Crackdown on fantasy sports: Financial failed opportunity for economic growth?
(Georgia) -- Since October of 2015, the U.S legislation surrounding daily fantasy sports (DFS) has started to tighten. While the establishment of UIGEA (Unlawful...
article Legal blow for DFS in California
(California) -- A district court in California dealt a blow to FanDuel, DraftKings and other DFS operators last week when it held that the payment of entry fees to enter...
article New Jersey to Enact Fantasy Sports Law?
(New Jersey) -- The New Jersey State Assembly has moved the State one step closer to enacting a fantasy sports law, passing a bill to impose regulations governing...
article Fantasy sports for cash may become regulated
(Ohio) -- A bill overwhelmingly approved Wednesday by the Ohio House of Representatives would put for-profit fantasy sports played by an estimated 1.9 million Ohioans...
article Ohio House passes bill ensuring legality of fantasy sports
(Ohio) -- Ohioans drafting Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler to lead their fantasy football teams can have their judgment questioned, but they wouldn’t...

5/23/2017

article Fantasy sports could soon be regulated, taxed in N.J.
(New Jersey) -- A bill that would regulate and tax daily fantasy sports in New Jersey is now just one hurdle away from landing on Gov. Chris Christie's desk. The...
article New Jersey Assembly votes to regulate daily fantasy sports
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey's Democrat-led Assembly has approved legislation to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports. The Assembly voted 56-15 Monday on a bill that...
article NJ passes daily fantasy sports bill
(New Jersey) -- The daily fantasy sports industry is getting ready to legally operate in the New Jersey market. Yesterday, the state’s Assembly passed the bill to...
article WALLACH: Entry Fee Or Wager: Why ‘Derby Wars’ Court Case Is Relevant To The Daily Fantasy Sports Wars
(USA) -- A case involving a small horse racing fantasy sports site could have an impact on much larger ones like DraftKings and FanDuel. Last week a court ruling came...

5/22/2017

article DFS moves ahead in New Jersey
(New Jersey) -- The New Jersey Assembly passed a bill that would legalize and regulate paid-entry fantasy sports — including DraftKings and FanDuel — in a...
article New Jersey to vote on bill to regulate daily fantasy sports
(New Jersey) -- Lawmakers in New Jersey are set to vote on legislation to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports. The Democrat-led Assembly is scheduled to vote Monday on...

5/20/2017

article Fantasy Sports Operators Eye Calif. Ruling on Horse Racing
(California) -- A federal judge’s ruling this week that the entry fees paid to play on the fantasy horse racing website Derby Wars are wagers—the first time...

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