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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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10/14/2017

article Problems For FanDuel: Audit Questions Daily Fantasy Company’s Ability To Raise Money Amid Financial Struggles
(UK) -- The future of daily fantasy sports site FanDuel has been cast into doubt after results posted with the UK’s Companies House showed the operator’s...

10/11/2017

article LEGAL BLOG: Court Holds That Fantasy Sports Companies Did Not Violate Players' Rights By Using Their Names And Likenesses
(Indiana) -- On September 29, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (Walton Pratt, J.) issued a decision dismissing claims by three...

10/9/2017

article No, Fantasy Football Does Not Ruin Football. It Makes It Better
(USA) -- Fantasy football is getting a bad rap in the media this week, from jerks on Twitter harassing players to know-nothing columns deriding the game millions play...
article DraftKings to test the Irish market
(Ireland) -- Daily fantasy sports giant DraftKings will test the unpredictable Irish market as it seeks to find fresh revenues beyond the U.S. border.

10/6/2017

article Florida lawmakers push for DFS legalisation
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers are once again trying to legalise daily fantasy sports (DFS) in the state. As local news revealed, two Republican lawmakers introduced the...
article NBA Rolls Out More Fantasy Sports Integration And ‘Official’ Fantasy Scoring
(New York) -- The NBA announced a number of fantasy sports integrations for the upcoming season, including the unveiling of “Official NBA Fantasy Scoring.”...

10/5/2017

article DraftKings and FanDuel win lawsuit
(USA) -- The biggest daily fantasy sports (DFS) operators in the United States, DraftKings and FanDuel, won a US$5 million action lawsuit against three college football...

10/4/2017

article Florida lawmakers reviving fantasy sports push
(Florida) -- Florida lawmakers are making yet another push for the legalization of daily fantasy sports (DFS) in the Sunshine State. Florida lawmakers reviving fantasy...
article Lawmakers seek to end questions about fantasy sports
(Florida) -- Two Republican lawmakers have filed proposals aimed at making clear that fantasy sports contests are not subject to Florida gambling laws.
article Court Holds that Fantasy Sports Companies Did Not Violate Players’ Rights by Using Their Names and Likenesses
(Indiana) -- On September 29, 2017, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (Walton Pratt, J.) issued a decision dismissing claims by three...

10/3/2017

article Do Fantasy Sports Make Fans Less Likely To See Players As Human Beings?
(USA) -- It was a routine play at the tail end of the Seattle Seahawks’ 46-18 throttling of the Indianapolis Colts. While trying to whittle the remaining time off...
article Richard Sherman Thinks That Fantasy Sports Make Players ‘Less Like People’ To Fans
(USA) -- Add Richard Sherman to the list of people who think fantasy football is warping fans’ perspective of the National Football League. The Seattle Seahawks...

9/30/2017

article FanDuel And DraftKings Win Important Right Of Publicity Case
(Indiana) -- A threat against daily fantasy sports operators' use of college football and basketball names and likenesses is no more. On Friday, a case brought by...

9/29/2017

article Dana Young files ‘fantasy contests’ bill
(Florida) -- Sen. Dana Young has again filed a bill to exempt fantasy sports play from regulation under the state’s gambling laws. Young, a Tampa Republican, filed...
article Cleveland Indians support legalizing fantasy sports contests in Ohio
(Ohio) -- The Cleveland Indians are among sports teams and companies that support a proposed law that would legalize fantasy sports contests in Ohio.
article The growth in fantasy sports will not come from football
(USA) -- An estimated 60 million Americans play fantasy sports, and the leading driver of the industry is widely thought to be football. After all, the NFL is the...

9/27/2017

article Fantasy sports: If you play in Ohio, you may be breaking the law. New bill would change that
(Ohio) -- Thousands, maybe even millions, of Ohioans pay money to play daily fantasy sports contests online. They might be breaking Ohio's gambling laws, many of...
article Indians owner Paul Dolan writes in support of legalizing fantasy sports in Ohio
(Ohio) -- Rep. Jonathan Dever says he's "ultra-conservative" with his money. The Republican from Madeira, a small city in suburban Cincinnati, is the type...
article Jerry Cantrell on Alice in Chains Fantasy Football League and Auction
(Washington) -- Alice In Chains founder Jerry Cantrell is known among hard rock fans as one of the best songwriters of his generation, as well as an innovative guitar...

9/26/2017

article Ohio On Deck For Fantasy Sports Legalization? Bill Could Become Law This Fall
(Ohio) -- After clearing the House with ease, the fate of daily fantasy sports legislation in Ohio now sits in the state Senate.
article How fantasy NASCAR could have a positive impact on the sport, according to Dale Earnhardt Jr.
(USA) -- Throughout the 2017 season, Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been a vocal supporter of NASCAR’s new stage racing – where each event across all the national...
article Is DFS stalling in Europe?
(Europe) -- Daily Fantasy Sports sites DraftKings and FanDuel are now household names in the US. Their growth has been exponential and has created such strong brands...

9/25/2017

article Fantasy football owners conflicted on players who kneeled
(USA) -- For some football fans, the widespread response from NFL players to President Trump's weekend remarks is an important issue ... for their fantasy football...

9/24/2017

article Fantasy sports soon could have a new reality in Ohio
(Ohio) -- By early 2018, the fantasy sports industry could be legal in Ohio, and thus be exempt from state gambling laws. It's a development that would be welcomed...

9/23/2017

article How one company profited from the daily fantasy sports boom — without the legal risks
(USA) -- If you are a sports fan, even if you don’t play fantasy football, you are likely aware of DraftKings and FanDuel, the two leading private tech startups...
article Fantasy Sports Site Draft Inks Lease for New Chelsea Office
(New York) -- Daily fantasy sports provider Draft has taken more than 7,000 square feet of ground- and lower-level space at 217-219 West 21st Street in Chelsea that will...

9/22/2017

article Those millions from fantasy sports tax? It may have been a bit of a fantasy
(Missouri) -- Then-Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon envisioned his state generating millions of dollars from a new fantasy sports tax in his final State of the State speech in...

9/21/2017

article Missouri on track to collect less than $1 million from fantasy sports tax
(Missouri) -- Missouri’s foray into regulating the fantasy sports industry doesn’t appear to be paying big dividends. More than a year after former Gov. Jay...

9/19/2017

article Legalized DFS Industry Will Open “Pandora’s Online Gambling Box”, Wisconsin Opposing Group Argues
(Wisconsin) -- A group of Wisconsin residents has voiced opposition to the recently renewed push for the legalization of daily fantasy sports (DFS). The Citizens Against...

9/15/2017

article DraftKings Rolls Out Ads At The ‘Speed of Sports’ And ‘DK Shop’ E-commerce Store
(Internet) -- Last month, DraftKings rolled out its first ad campaigns for the 2017 NFL season. Now, it’s producing new versions of those commercials using current...
article Global Daily Fantasy Sports hires former NYX CTO as new tech chief
(New York) -- The B2B daily fantasy network provider has appointed Azienshtat as its new CTO, his first role since leaving NYX Gaming Group in May this year. Prior to...

9/13/2017

article Legislator Proposing Bill To Legalize And Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports
(Wisconsin) -- State Rep. Tyler Vorpagel, R-Plymouth, is taking up the issue of fantasy sports, again. While players in Wisconsin can access websites like DraftKings,...

9/12/2017

article How DraftKings Survived And Made Daily Fantasy Sports Legal
(Massachusetts) -- How can a company survive a crisis so big, its very future is in doubt? Two years ago, Draft Kings faced that terrifying question. “I didn...

9/11/2017

article After Flurry Of Lawsuits, FanDuel's Ad Campaign Highlights A More Mature Legal Approach
(USA) -- For those who thought the recent flurry of deceptive advertising lawsuits against members of the daily fantasy sports industry would not yield any meaningful...
article DraftKings and FanDuel agree to pay Massachusetts fines
(Massachusetts) -- In Massachusetts, daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel have reportedly agreed deals that will see them each hand over $1.3 million to...
article Lawsuit against DFS in New York to continue
(New York) -- Albany County trial judge, Gerald Connolly, has denied New York’s motion to dismiss a motion that challenged the legality of daily fantasy sports in...

9/10/2017

article DraftKings, FanDuel settle with Massachusetts for $1.3M apiece
(Massachusetts) -- Daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings and FanDuel will pay $2.6 million in a settlement with the Massachusetts Attorney General's office as a...
article How DraftKings is aiming to make fantasy football better for fans
(New York) -- DraftKings needs to run plays this football season that will draw casual players back to the fantasy sports site after regulators scuttled a plan the merge...

9/8/2017

article Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss Challenge To New York Fantasy Sports Law
(New York) -- The lawsuit against a 2016 fantasy sports law in New York will continue after a judge did not grant a motion to dismiss in the case.
article DraftKings and FanDuel Agree on $2.6-Million Settlement to Resolve Massachusetts Legal Issues
(Massachusetts) -- The two daily fantasy sports (DFS) games and contests providers DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. have reached a $2.6-million settlement with the state...
article Fantasy sports companies to pay Massachusetts $2.6M in wake of investigation
(Massachusetts) -- Boston-based DraftKings and FanDuel, two juggernauts of the daily fantasy sports realm, have agreed as part of a settlement to each pay $1.3 million...
article Do Fantasy Sports Make Us Better Investors?
(USA) -- Football has evolved from a form of entertainment to a booming business that spans far beyond the teams, coaches and games played on Sundays.
article Fantasy Sports crafts formula for better projections
(California) -- Nearly 60 million people play fantasy sports in the U.S. and Canada. Likely the same number want to improve their odds of selecting top-performing...
article Why A Daily Fantasy Sports Company Paid High Six Figures For Draft.com
(USA) -- Mere hours before the start of the 2017 NFL regular season, a fantasy sports operator is announcing the acquisition of probably the most valuable URL in the...
article US sports betting: ‘fantasy sports opened a door, this is the next evolution’
(UK) -- As part of an interview series featuring speakers from November’s inaugural Sports Betting USA conference, sports, entertainment & branding consultant...

9/6/2017

article The Fantasy Sports Industry Is Still Growing—Despite the Extra Regulations: Associations
(Washington D.C.) -- The fantasy sports space continues to grow, despite the expansion of regulations on the sector at the state level. Here’s an update on the...
article Man playing fantasy football charged with child neglect after 2-year-old wanders away: police
(New York) -- Phone down, please. A Florida man was arrested for child abuse after he allegedly failed to keep tabs on a 2-year-old during a fantasy draft, according to...

9/4/2017

article Taxing and Regulating Fantasy Sports Means Real Revenues for NJ
(New Jersey) -- Large-scale fantasy sports games offered online by websites like DraftKings and FanDuel have been growing in popularity across the country in recent...

9/3/2017

article How the $7 billion US fantasy football industry makes its money in 2017
(USA) -- For many in the US, the end of summer means the start of the American football season. Along with the usual cookouts, beach outings, and pool parties, some will...

8/30/2017

article Fantasy-sports themed restaurant and website aiming to be a 'destination' opening in South Richmond
(Virginia) -- Football fans haven’t been able to avoid TV ads for FanDuel or Draft Kings over the past three years, as the gambling websites continue to grow at a...

8/27/2017

article 3 fantasy football tips from an ex-Microsoft director who just wrote a book about losing for 24 years
(USA) -- Mike Harms hopes you can learn from his two decades of disastrous fantasy football performance. Harms, who led digital media initiatives at Microsoft and Red...

8/26/2017

article Christie signs bill to regulate, tax daily fantasy sports
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie has signed into law a measure to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports. The law imposes a 10.5 percent tax on...
article New Jersey the 16th state to enact fantasy sports law
(New Jersey) -- There are now 16 states in the U.S. with daily fantasy sports (DFS) laws on the books after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill on Thursday,...

8/24/2017

article FanDuel relaunches fantasy sports in Delaware Friday
(Delaware) -- Online fantasy sports operator FanDuel will be open for business in Delaware on Friday, a month after Gov. John Carney, D-Delaware, signed a fantasy games...
article Christie just moved to regulate (and tax) fantasy sports companies
(New Jersey) -- Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday signed into law a bill setting guidelines for companies that operate daily fantasy sports leagues in the Garden State and...
article Christie signs bill to regulate, tax daily fantasy sports
(New Jersey) -- New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Thursday signed into law a measure to regulate and tax daily fantasy sports. The law imposes a 10.5 percent...
article Will Other Lawmakers Support Future Of Daily Fantasy Sports Like One NY Senator Did?
(New York) -- New York state Sen. John Bonacic did not just want a fantasy sports law he sponsored to be good for DraftKings and FanDuel. In a recent letter to the state...
article Does Fantasy Football Ruin Football Fandom?
(USA) -- Last week, ESPN embarrassed itself with an on-air fantasy football auction that was jokily staged with an audience of mostly white men bidding on various NFL...
article Poulsbo resident Funston one of the original fantasy sports experts
(Washington) -- Brandon Funston’s unofficial professional start in the fantasy sports industry took place inside a Catholic church. He was 15, living in Sequim. A...
article Study shows 20 percent of American adults play fantasy sports
(USA) -- Fantasy sports didn’t turn into a $100-plus billion industry on accident. It didn’t become one of the most prevalent legal ways to gamble in the...

8/23/2017

article Study shows 20 percent of American adults play fantasy sports
(USA) -- Fantasy sports didn’t turn into a $100-plus billion industry on accident. It didn’t become one of the most prevalent legal ways to gamble in the...
article Daily fantasy sports betting returns to Delaware
(Delaware) -- Delawareans will once again be able to bet money on daily fantasy sports starting Friday. On that day, House Bill 249, which legalizes betting on fantasy...
article FanDuel relaunches fantasy sports in Delaware Friday
(Delaware) -- Online fantasy sports operator FanDuel will be open for business in Delaware on Friday, a month after Gov. John Carney, D-Delaware, signed a fantasy games...
article Fantasy sports site resumes operations in Delaware
(Delaware) -- FanDuel, a popular fantasy sports website, today announced it will resume operations in Delaware. The site allows cash betting and prize money.

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...

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