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Giri Nathan Giri Nathan Dec 17, 2018. 11 comments

Audacious Clown Tries To Win Back $100 In Daily Fantasy Losses, By Going To Court Twice

Audacious Clown Tries To Win Back $100 In Daily Fantasy Losses, By Going To Court Twice

On April 1, 2016, Colin Dew-Becker joined degenerates nationwide in a nightly ritual: blowing money on daily fantasy sports. He lost $100 on a wager, plus $9 in fees, in an NBA head-to-head contest on FanDuel. In point of fact, Dew-Becker was positively smoked, losing by a score of 221.1 points to 96.3 points. So Colin did what any reasonable person would do in this situation: He tried to...

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Tom Ley Tom Ley Mar 23, 2018. 17 comments

Daily Fantasy Employees Made More Playing At Rival Sites Than At Their Jobs

Daily Fantasy Employees Made More Playing At Rival Sites Than At Their Jobs

The New York Times keeps hammering away at the daily fantasy scandal, this time by casting some serious doubt on FanDuel’s and DraftKings’ assertions that their employees didn’t enjoy any insider benefits while playing daily fantasy games on rival sites.

The Times’ story begins with an anecdote from Madison Calvert, a daily fantasy player who began questioning the game’s integrity while at a...

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Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Mar 12, 2018. 15 comments

There Have Been More Than 60,000 DraftKings And FanDuel Commercials This Year

There Have Been More Than 60,000 DraftKings And FanDuel Commercials This Year

Somewhere in America right now, Bradley C. is telling you he won $349. Daily fantasy ads are ubiquitous, obviously, but this CNN story is the first I’ve seen to quantify them:

While FanDuel ran more ads last year, its rival has had the clear edge in 2015. DraftKings spent $131.4 million on ads for a total of 40,283 national airings. Last year, its ads ran just 8,743 times.

Over the same period,...

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Feb 26, 2018. 14 comments

Here Come The Daily Fantasy Class Action Lawsuits

Here Come The Daily Fantasy Class Action Lawsuits

It was only a matter of time. With the public now aware that until yesterday DraftKings and FanDuels employees were allowed to bet on and win enormous sums of money on each other’s sites, as well as a startling lack of transparency regarding which employees possess valuable insider information and how they are allowed to use it, it was only a matter of time until an aggrieved customer sued.

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Feb 24, 2018. 11 comments

Report: FBI And Justice Department Investigating Legality Of Daily Fantasy

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Report: FBI And Justice Department Investigating Legality Of Daily Fantasy

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice have both opened probes into daily fantasy sports in an attempt to determine whether they are legal or not. The Journal says there is an “ongoing discussion” within the DOJ regarding the legality of daily fantasy, and whether it actually exempt from the Uniform Internet Gambling Enforcement Act ....

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Feb 22, 2018. 12 comments

Here Are The Letters New York's Attorney General Just Sent To DraftKings And FanDuel

Here Are The Letters New York's Attorney General Just Sent To DraftKings And FanDuel

Daily fantasy’s day of reckoning is nigh. In addition to two congressional committees (the House Energy and Commerce Committee and House Judiciary Committee) and a federal agency (the FTC) looking into various parts of the industry, news broke tonight that the New York attorney general has opened a probe into the two players that control daily fantasy, DraftKings and FanDuel.

Report:...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Feb 21, 2018. 5 comments

Pierre Garçon Is Leading A Class-Action Lawsuit Against FanDuel On Behalf Of NFL Players

Pierre Garçon Is Leading A Class-Action Lawsuit Against FanDuel On Behalf Of NFL Players

On Friday Pierre Garçon filed a federal class-action lawsuit in Maryland against FanDuel on behalf of all the NFL players whose likenesses and names the site uses, he says, without proper permission. FanDuel has marketing agreements with 15 NFL teams, including Washington, who was one of the first teams to sign one. However, the NFLPA has a licensing deal with DraftKings but not FanDuel.

The...

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Oct 16, 2017. 8 comments

DraftKings And FanDuel Suspend College Sports Contests 

DraftKings And FanDuel Suspend College Sports Contests 

DraftKings and FanDuel have reached a voluntary agreement with the NCAA to cease all college sports daily fantasy contests, reports ESPN.

However the daily fantasy legal battles resolve, it was always likely that these sites weren’t going to continue supporting college sports contests. Two of the three states that have crafted daily fantasy regulations—Massachusetts and Indiana—ban college...

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Timothy Burke Timothy Burke Sep 27, 2017. 16 comments

Sick Of All Those Daily Fantasy Games Ads? This Is For You.

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Sick Of All Those Daily Fantasy Games Ads? This Is For You.

It’s no secret the ubiquitous TV ads for gambling, er, “daily fantasy” sites like DraftKings and FanDuel have taken over football’s bathroom breaks this season in ways boner pill manufacturers could only dream of. Everyone’s sick of hearing about this garbage, so we made something that, by comparison, will make you beg to see dopey white guys celebrating with giant checks .

So...

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Sep 26, 2017. 22 comments

ESPN's Matthew Berry Sells Credibility To DraftKings

ESPN's Matthew Berry Sells Credibility To DraftKings

You know how it’s barely Week 2 of the NFL season and you’re already sick and fucking tired of DraftKings commercials? Well, good luck, because ESPN fantasy writing is now just one long DraftKings commercial too.

Sick Of All Those Daily Fantasy Games Ads? This Is For You.

It’s no secret the ubiquitous TV ads for gambling, er, “daily fantasy” sites like DraftKings and…

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In his Week 1...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Sep 22, 2017. 11 comments

DraftKings CEO Described Site As A Casino, Called It Betting

DraftKings CEO Described Site As A Casino, Called It Betting

Last week, Nevada banned DraftKings and FanDuel in the state, on the grounds that they were gambling. The Nevada Gaming Control Board told the sites that they must apply for licenses from the Nevada Gaming Commission to operate in Nevada under state law (Legal Sports Report, however, says that the block is not comprehensive). Were they to do so, they’d essentially forfeit their legal...

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Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Sep 16, 2017. 17 comments

You Will Not Win Money Playing Daily Fantasy

You Will Not Win Money Playing Daily Fantasy

“[T]he top 100 ranked players enter 330 winning lineups per day, and the top 10 players combine to win an average of 873 times daily. The remaining field of approximately 20,000 players tracked by Rotogrinders wins just 13 times per day, on average.” [Bloomberg]

You Aren't Good Enough to Win Money Playing Daily Fantasy Football

Is that a problem for DraftKings and FanDuel?

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Sep 07, 2017. 2 comments

DraftKings Bans Automated Scripts, May Have Trouble Actually Doing So

DraftKings Bans Automated Scripts, May Have Trouble Actually Doing So

Daily fantasy operator DraftKings has banned “the use of scripts and other automated means of interacting with our site,” as they put it in an email to players today. Instead, DraftKings now offers to all players a tool that allows them to set multiple lineups at once.

We already know that—absent extremely dumb luck —regular people win very little of the money available on daily fantasy sites....

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Sep 07, 2017. 21 comments

Report: DraftKings And FanDuel Aren't Paying Vendors, Have Almost No Cash On Hand

Report: DraftKings And FanDuel Aren't Paying Vendors, Have Almost No Cash On Hand

Daily fantasy heavyweights DraftKings and FanDuel are in dire financial straits, months behind on payments to vendors and suffering from extreme cashflow problems, according to the New York Times.

Joe Drape reports that DraftKings and FanDuel are close to a settlement with New York state attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman, in which the two companies have agreed to pay somewhere between $8...

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Patrick Redford Patrick Redford Sep 06, 2017. 17 comments

DraftKings Investigating Possible Collusion Scandal In Flagship Contest

DraftKings Investigating Possible Collusion Scandal In Flagship Contest

DraftKings user papagates won first place in this weekend’s Fantasy Football Millionaire contest, DraftKings’ flagship contest. RotoGrinders has a breakdown of the strategy he used to take home the win, but DraftKings is currently investigating whether he used another illegal strategy to win by colluding with his brother, another top daily fantasy sports player.

A DraftKings rep confirmed the...

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Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Sep 06, 2017. 16 comments

Actually, Daily Fantasy Is Good, Because I Won A Bunch Of Money On It

Actually, Daily Fantasy Is Good, Because I Won A Bunch Of Money On It

This week’s must-read on the ongoing daily fantasy sports mess is Jay Caspian Kang’s piece for the New York Times Magazine. It’s sort of a hybrid personal odyssey/news item, beginning with Kang recounting how he gradually slipped into the DFS life by playing against friends, but eventually couldn’t resist entering larger contests, where he found himself consumed by sharks entering dozens of...

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Barry Petchesky Barry Petchesky Sep 06, 2017. 20 comments

How Daily Fantasy Fucked Things Up For Everyone

How Daily Fantasy Fucked Things Up For Everyone

Daily fantasy sports should have been a great thing. A form of betting just shiny and different enough from handing a brown bag of cash to a guy named Fingers at the local dive bar to be treated as respectable enterprise, it had the potential not just to make insane amounts of money, but to change the debate about gambling in this country. Over the course of just a couple of days, though,...

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Sep 06, 2017. 12 comments

DraftKings And FanDuel Agree To Cease Operating In New York

DraftKings And FanDuel Agree To Cease Operating In New York

DraftKings and FanDuel have reached an agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to immediately cease operating in the country’s fourth largest state. The sites will remain inoperative in New York until at least September, when the state’s Supreme Court Appellate Division will hear an appeal regarding the injunction against the companies. They can still continue to offer free...

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Kevin Draper Kevin Draper Sep 05, 2017. 14 comments

Report: DraftKings And FanDuel Being Investigated By New York Attorney General

Report: DraftKings And FanDuel Being Investigated By New York Attorney General

In seemingly inevitable news, the New York Times reports that New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has demanded the two duopolistic daily fantasy companies—DraftKings and FanDuel—provide a truckload of information as he looks into “the prospect that employees of daily fantasy football sites have won lucrative payouts based on inside information not available to the public.”

In a...

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Timothy Burke Timothy Burke Sep 05, 2017. 16 comments

FanDuel Disavows Knowledge Of Pervasive FanDuel Ad Using Images Of Georgia Tech Players [UPDATE]

FanDuel Disavows Knowledge Of Pervasive FanDuel Ad Using Images Of Georgia Tech Players [UPDATE]

FanDuel has responded to claims it is using the likenesses of two former Georgia Tech football players without rights or compensation , saying the daily fantasy gambling site does not actually produce the ads that have infiltrated every commercial break of every television program on the planet.

FanDuel director of communications Justine Sacco (yes, that Justine Sacco) provided Deadspin the...

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