One of many great things about daily fantasy baseball is that it is so, well, daily. The game just fits the format better than most sports because of the sheer volume of action. Last week stands as a sort of gaping hole in the fantasy summer schedule, a bit jarring when you’re used to being able to get into great baseball contests whenever you want. At least the All-Star game was a wildly entertaining, smashing success, right? Well, the MLB $400,000 Fantasy Baseball Midsummer Classic, the fourth of five events in the $6,000,000 Fantasy Baseball Legends Series, is going down tonight. The qualifiers might be passed, but there are still spots left to take your shot at that $100,000 top prize.
The PGA Tour heads to the northwest coast of England this weekend for the Open Championship, being played at Royal Liverpool for the first time since 2006. Often referred to as Hoylake after the small town it’s located in, this course is a classic links-style course, which brings unique challenges to players used to U.S. courses on the PGA Tour. But for both American golfers and daily fantasy golf players, the one thing you have to get used to when the tour goes to Europe is, well, all the Europeans.
USA Today put together an article describing the story behind the DraftStreet acquisition along with more information on the merger of these two great companies. Take a look below, or view the actual article on USA Today here.
Daily Fantasy Sports Site DraftKings Acquires DraftStreet; Increases Customer Base By More Than 50 Percent While Adding Top Industry Talent
US-based powerhouses combine to offer the broadest range of daily fantasy sports across multiple platforms, including all major mobile devices
Written by: Steve Gardner, USA Today Sports
BOSTON—July 15, 2014—DraftKings, Inc., a leading provider of online and mobile daily fantasy sports, today announced it has acquired New York-based fantasy sports site DraftStreet. The deal combines the two largest US-based daily fantasy sports providers, immediately expanding DraftKings’ customer base by more than 50 percent, while providing the industry’s broadest range of daily fantasy sports offerings. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Nearly 37 million people in the United States and Canada—nearly 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 5 males—play fantasy sports. Daily fantasy sports are a burgeoning component of this multi-billion dollar market.
Launched in 2012, DraftKings has quickly established itself as the largest American daily fantasy sports company, driven by its world-class technology and user experience, a wide array of offerings and a powerful acquisition engine. The addition of DraftStreet’s broad range of strategy games, varied sport offerings and synergistic marketing relationships furthers DraftKings’ reach into the fantasy sports player base. DraftKings will migrate existing DraftStreet users into DraftKings properties beginning today.
“The DraftStreet acquisition enables us to offer the best daily fantasy sports games in market with a superior customer experience. Equally exciting is the opportunity to work with the incredible team that DraftStreet has assembled,” said Jason Robins, CEO, DraftKings. “Together, we will be able to offer an experience that is unparalleled in the industry.”
DraftKings offers games for experts and casual players alike—many contests are free, and others can pay out up to $1 million for an investment as small as a quarter. The company will be hosting the largest daily fantasy league in history, the $3.3 Million Guaranteed Fantasy Baseball Championship, this August at Atlantis in the Bahamas. In addition to major professional and college team sports, DraftKings also has the broadest range of fantasy golf games, including a $300,000 tournament for the British Open, starting Thursday.
“DraftKings and DraftStreet have long enjoyed a highly competitive, but friendly relationship. Today we are thrilled to join the DraftKings family and believe that combining our offerings creates a major win—for both companies, the daily fantasy sports industry, and most importantly, our players,” said DraftStreet CEO Brian Schwartz, who will join the DraftKings executive team.
Launched in April 2012, Boston-based DraftKings is the online gaming destination where players engage in daily fantasy sports competitions across fantasy football, baseball, golf, basketball, hockey, and college football/basketball. DraftKings offers free and pay contests every day that pay cash prizes. All games feature a salary cap format, and new contests are offered every day with instantaneous payouts. For more information, visit us at www.draftkings.com; like us at www.facebook.com/draftkings and follow us at www.twitter.com/draftkings.
Exciting News For Our PlayersBelow is a letter from DraftKings CEO Jason Robins
Today, after weeks of discussions, we are very pleased to announce that we have acquired DraftStreet as part of our long-term vision of continuing to bring our loyal customers the very best in daily fantasy sports. Both DraftStreet and DraftKings have been, and remain, grateful for the support of those fantasy players who have chosen us over the years. And now, by combining all of the best features from each of our sites, our aim is to create the best possible experience for anyone who visits our site or opens our app.
This change is going to bring a number of new daily fantasy players to DraftKings, which is going to benefit all of our players, new and old. With our new, expanded community, every person playing on DraftKings is going to be able to enjoy the excitement of bigger games and better prizes, as well as a wider selection of different contest types – all the features you want most.
Many of you may have been playing on DraftStreet as well as our site, and you should rest assured knowing that we’ll make it as easy as possible to combine your two accounts. We’ve been working closely with the leadership at DraftStreet to iron out all the details – you’ll be able to easily transfer all of your funds to your existing DraftKings account, and we’ve also made sure you’ll be compensated for all the other value you’ve added to your DraftStreet account (StreetCreds will be converted to FPPs, DraftStreet referrals will become DraftKings referrals, future contest entries will be returned, etc). As a sign of our appreciation for your continued support, you will receive a 25% transfer bonus on all of the funds you send over from DraftStreet (or you’ll keep your existing DraftStreet bonus, if it’s larger).
For those of you not transferring funds from DraftStreet, we want you to share in the excitement too. As a thank you for being a loyal DraftKings player, you should have received an email from us with a 25% reload bonus. Simply click the link in your email to take advantage of this special offer. Please feel free to contact our customer support team if you have any questions about claiming the offer.
The best is yet to come!
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TPC Deere Run, the home of the John Deere Classic, is in Illinois, but it is actually almost three hours from Chicago, and only twenty minutes from the Mississippi River and Iowa. And when you think of that part of the country, maybe you picture wide-open spaces. And that’s what you get at this tournament every year – wide open spaces and some low scores to go along with it, with winning scores of -19, -20, -22, -26, and -20 in the past five years. In other words, there will be plenty of scoring to go around, both on the course and in terms of daily fantasy.