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FanDuel to offer sports betting at Greenbrier Resort

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The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia will join hands with FanDuel to offer sports betting operation. A press release from FanDuel confirmed the development:

 “We are honored to be chosen to provide sports wagering services at The Greenbrier, an iconic resort in the U.S. As we work towards building out a top sports betting product for the upcoming NFL season, we look forward to bringing West Virginia residents, sports fans, and visitors to The Greenbrier the best interactive sports experience on the market.”

The deal is the first sports betting partnership confirmed in WV and the first one anywhere for FanDuel.

West Virginia sports betting regulations approved.

The state’s lottery, which will administer West Virginia sports betting, approved last week emergency regulations to facilitate a launch by fall. Those regulations open the door to online and mobile sports betting, hugely important to a successful state market.

West Virginia legislators passed sports betting into law in March. The law allows the state’s five casinos to offer legal sports betting in exchange for a $100,000 licensing fee and ten per cent of revenue paid in taxes.

No integrity fees go to the pro sports leagues in West Virginia despite intense lobbying from MLB and NBA executives. Lawmakers declined to put in the fees, then, fought off an attempt by Gov. Jim Justice to reopen the law to insert them soon after passage.

Greenbrier’s plans for WV sports betting

The press release lays out the full game plan for WV sports betting at The Greenbrier:

The Greenbrier plans to have an onsite wagering platform inside The Casino Club at The Greenbrier, America’s only private casino, as well as a FanDuel-branded online site and mobile application. Plans are to have the services running by the fall. The exact date will be contingent on when the state of West Virginia’s regulations are put in place.

Regulators expect to have the industry ready for launch by September 1 at the latest. Operators can partner with up to three online/mobile platform providers apiece.

The property’s president, Dr. Jill Justice, said: The Greenbrier is excited to offer a new guest amenity. “The Casino Club at The Greenbrier has been an attractive destination for our guests and members since its opening,” she said, “and sports betting provides yet another element to the casino experience.”

It remains to be seen whether the platform will be available statewide or exclusively to members and guests of the private club. A members-only sports book would seem to be both in line with The Greenbrier’s culture and a hinderance to potential revenue.

The NFL will love having sports betting next door

The NFL continues to fight for control of a legal sports betting market it may not have wanted in the first place; it was one of the litigants in the US Supreme Court case, supporting the federal ban, a case it lost. Now, fans at an NFL training camp could be placing mobile sports bets on who will win the Super Bowl.

The Houston Texans hold their training camp at The Greenbrier, which is owned by the family of Justice. The governor allowed the law authorizing West Virginia sports betting to go into law without his signature because of the conflict of interest.

The Greenbrier is also the host of an annual PGA Tour event, scheduled this year for July 5–8.

FanDuel deal still has not closed

The announcement of a sports betting deal for FanDuel comes with slightly strange timing. The DFS operator is not the middle of being acquired by Dublin-based gaming company Paddy Power Betfair.

That deal could close as soon as early July.

FanDuel, by itself, has no known means to provide a sports betting product on its own, so this deal is almost certainly predicated on the PPB deal closing in short order. The deal would close, in theory, well before West Virginia launches sports betting — mobile and otherwise — officially.

PPB subsidiary Betfair US has also formed its own partnership with Tioga Downs (New York) and Meadowlands Racetrack (New Jersey), planning to use the FanDuel brand in those two states, too.

It is not exactly clear why the WV partnership was inked with FanDuel directly, while the other sports betting partnerships have been crafted through PPB.

 

Source: legalsportsreport.com

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XFL LA Wildcats And Monkey Knife Fight Announce Marketing Partnership

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Just in time for their home opener, the XFL’s Los Angeles Wildcats announced a partnership with Monkey Knife Fight (MKF), one of the fastest-growing sports gaming platforms in North America. MKF’s sponsorship will be activated through in-stadium promotions, weekly XFL fantasy games and an MKF decal that will appear on the Wildcats’ helmets during select games.

“The XFL created a league of great teams and we truly feel this partnership is a natural fit,” stated Bill Asher, Founder of Monkey Knife Fight. “We’re excited to introduce XFL fans to Monkey Knife Fight, particularly in the Los Angeles market.”

“We’re proud to be partnering with the fastest-growing sports gaming platform in North America, Monkey Knife Fight,” said LA Wildcats President Heather Brooks Karatz. “As the Official Daily Fantasy Sports Partner of the LA Wildcats, Monkey Knife Fight will boost our fan experience to a completely new level.”

The announcement comes on the heels of multiple accolades for Monkey Knife Fight, which includes being named the 2020 Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association Rookie of The Year and Disruptor of the Year and also received two 2019 EGR Operator Awards nominations.

About Monkey Knife Fight: Monkey Knife Fight (MKF) is the fastest-growing sports gaming platform in North America, while being the third-largest Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) platform.  MKF is a new style of legal mobile gaming – a democratized platform with a level playing field where you play against the house, not professionals.  MKF launched in the Fall of 2018 with a dynamic slate of new daily sports contests for all NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, WNBA, PGA, soccer, and NASCAR events.

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DraftKings Signs Multi-year Partnerships With Three NBA Franchises

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Expanding League Relationship Through New Celtics, 76ers, Pacers Deals

DraftKings Inc. announces expanded partnerships with three National Basketball Association (NBA) franchises, making DraftKings an official partner of the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, and Indiana Pacers. All three partnerships include the use of official team marks and logos, in addition to various branding options, ultimately enhancing DraftKings’ user experience and bringing sports fans closer to their favorite NBA teams.

“It is with great enthusiasm that we announce these multi-year partnerships with the Celtics, 76ers, and Pacers. The NBA represents DraftKings’ second-most-popular sport, and we are thrilled to offer our fanbase a continually unique and authentic sports gaming product,” said Ezra Kucharz, chief business officer at DraftKings. “Each of these partnerships represent a common strategy and stress the importance NBA teams and DraftKings place on fan engagement and overall customer experience.”

PACERS: The partnership with the Pacers makes DraftKings the Official Daily Fantasy Sports and an official Sports Betting Partner of the Indiana Pacers. With this comes rights to marks and logos, as well as in-game promotions, activations, and branding. As part of the sponsorship, DraftKings will offer unique experiences for customers, including a VIP “Fantasy Camp” opportunity and “Honorary Team Captain Presentations”. This diverse suite of experiences, comprised of practice court scrimmages, game tickets, and alumni meet and greets, will provide unparalleled access for fans and users alike.

“We are delighted to welcome DraftKings into the Indiana Pacers’ family of corporate partnerships,” said Rick Fuson, Pacers’ sports and entertainment president and COO. “With prominent in-arena presence, presenting sponsorship of our popular post-game show hosted by Eddie White and other elements, our fans are certain to understand the strength and value of this partnership for both of us. It truly is a win-win.”

76ers: Per the agreement with the 76ers, DraftKings is now the exclusive and Official Daily Fantasy Partner – and a sportsbook and online casino partner – of the Philadelphia 76ers. As part of the partnership, along with traditional marketing and promotional opportunities, DraftKings will offer VIPs a “Court of Dreams” excursion allowing them an all-access, inside look at the 76ers’ training complex, in addition to season tickets and suites for hospitality and promotional use.

“Today marks a new, exciting chapter in the long-standing relationship between two of the sports industry’s most innovative companies, whose dedication to fan experience consistently raises the bar in the sports partnership space.  The 76ers are proud to continue to stand alongside DraftKings as we together create and amplify expanded and differentiated opportunities for fans to engage with our team, dynamic players and sport,” said Philadelphia 76ers President Chris Heck.

CELTICS: As part of the Celtics partnership, which focuses solely on Daily Fantasy Sports, DraftKings has been named the team’s Official Daily Fantasy Sports Partner. With this strategic relationship, DraftKings will continue to bolster its presence in its hometown market, gaining access to specific marketing promotions and impactful customer experiences like VIP watch parties, a “Play on the Parquet Event” and sweepstakes.

“Daily fantasy sports players are amongst the most highly engaged NBA fans,” said Celtics Team President Rich Gotham. “We’re happy to collaborate with our hometown partner, DraftKings, to serve Celtics fans through a variety of group activations and game day elements, including the presentation of our starting lineup across social channels.”

Since launch, DraftKings has seen over 500 million entries into DFS contests and about an astounding 40 percent of all DraftKings bettors have placed a wager on an NBA game. As an Authorized Sports Betting Operator of the NBA and the Official and Exclusive DFS and Sports Betting Partner of Madison Square Garden, DraftKings continues to invest heavily into NBA properties and fanbases. Ultimately, these partnership deals emphasize DraftKings continued commitment to growing its customer base and further positioning the company as an industry leader in sports gaming.

All DraftKings Sportsbook and Daily Fantasy offerings, including the NBA, are available for mobile download on both iOS and Android.

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Compliance Updates

NY Court Rules Online Fantasy-sports Betting is Unconstitutional

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A New York appellate court has ruled that online fantasy sports betting is unconstitutional in the state.

“We recognize that the legislature was sympathetic to and supportive of IFS (interactive fantasy services) participants. Nevertheless, we have rejected the legislature’s explicitly stated basis for the removal of IFS from the Penal Law definitions of gambling,” the appellate panel wrote in its decision.

The ruling by the New York State Appellate Division poses a new challenge for daily fantasy sports peddlers like FanDuel and DraftKings who seek to operate in the Empire State.

At issue is a 2016 amendment to Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering, and Breeding Law that declared that online fantasy sports did not constitute gambling and could thus be allowed.

A group of anti-gambling advocates sued over the law arguing that it violated the constitution. In October 2018, Albany Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly agreed with them and declared the 2016 amendment “null and void.”

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