by Mark Alesia / Indianapolis Star Two Hoosier lawmakers are going beyond just support for the embattled fantasy sports industry to inviting FanDuel to move its headquarters from New York to Indiana. Read more here.
Youngsters — and those not so young — fantasize about throwing or catching the Hail Mary pass that wins the Super Bowl. Fans fantasize about watching the games from luxury boxes. In South Florida, the hope somehow persists that the Dolphins might make the playoffs: talk about a fantasy. Read more here.
Success of FanDuel, DraftKings can be beneficial for clubs such as Browns, Cavs and Indians When LeBron James soars for a highlight-reel dunk at Quicken Loans Arena this season, viewers might notice a FanDuel sign on the padding that lines the basket support. They’ll also see signage for the New York-based daily fantasy sports operator on the court apron, the … Read More
LAS VEGAS — At the Brera Ballroom inside the Cosmopolitan hotel and casino on the Las Vegas strip on Saturday night, two former NFL players sit about 30 feet away from each other. One is Bo Jackson, the marquee attraction at FanDuel’s World Fantasy Baseball Championship. Jackson, who hosted a home-run derby for the best of the daily fantasy sports … Read More
Inc. By: Jeff Bercovici Already a billion-dollar company, FanDuel is poised to overtake ESPN and Yahoo and become the biggest player in the game. A professional sports season usually lasts five to eight months, depending on the sport. Why does a fantasy sports competition need to be just as long? Read more here.
The New Yorker By: Ben McGrath In the fall of 1979, while on a flight from Hartford to Austin, the writer Daniel Okrent was struck by an idea for conducting an auction of baseball players—or, rather, baseball players’ names and their future statistics. Nothing fancy: this was before the spread of personal computers and sabermetrics. His notion was that, using … Read More
Entrepreneur By: Jason Ankeny FanDuel is fantasy sports on steroids: bigger, stronger, faster. The New York City-based startup benches the familiar season-long league model embraced by millions of fantasy enthusiasts in favor of more lucrative daily and weekly competitions—a model perfectly attuned to the ADD-addled sensibilities of the Millennial generation. Here’s how FanDuel works: Like with fantasy football, baseball and … Read More
Sports Illustrated By: Albert Chen Snake drafts and keeper leagues, rinky-dink payouts and dime-store trophies—that’s all so yesterday. The way fantasy sports are increasingly being played, each new morning brings a new chance to cash in. Big-time HIGH NOON at the Cosmo in Vegas, and the eight cinema-scale TVs wrapped around the room flicker like the video screens in Times … Read More
ESPN By: David Purdum This is a Father’s Day tale of two Texas dads, who endured a million-dollar sweat that was decided by 1.5 points on the 18th green of the U.S. Open. The winner of DraftKings’ U.S. Open Millionaire Maker was a newbie, who was ragged on by buddies for using his real name as the screen name on … Read More
Biz Bash By: Amy Gordon During the N.B.A. draft on June 25, Philadelphia’s die-hard sports fans weren’t watching the event at home on their couches, following along in real time on their laptops or even viewing the action at a local pub. Instead, nearly 4,000 people came out to a massive party sponsored by online fantasy sports site DraftKings. In … Read More