Arizona’s First Legal Daily Fantasy Sports Operators are now live.
The country’s two most prominent DFS operators, DraftKings and FanDuel, are now allowing Arizona players to line up for the very first time. Arizona lawmakers officially legalized DFS contests as part of a larger game expansion program approved earlier this year.
Arizona officials said on Friday that they had approved a total of six DFS licenses:
- Fantastic sport shark
- Neglected sports
Other major DFS operators, including Monkey Knife Fight (owned by Bally’s) and SuperDraft (Caesars), are also expected to launch their daily sports and fantasy betting products in the state.
DraftKings and FanDuel are expected to launch their respective online sports betting on September 9.
National expansion continues
DraftKings Daily Fantasy Sports Competitions are now available in 44 states after Saturday’s launch in Arizona. The company will feature contests for select professional, college and international leagues, including its popular NFL and MLB offerings, DraftKings said in a statement Friday.
“There’s no better time of year to launch our leading daily fantasy sports app than before the NFL season,” said Matt Kalish, co-founder and president of DraftKings North America, in a statement. Press release. “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer Arizona sports fans the pleasure of having some skin in the game as we head into what we believe to be the busiest time of. the year for our company. “
DraftKings will offer Arizona players its flagship line of “classic” contests, where users draft a team position-by-position over multiple games from a designated pool of players using a predetermined salary cap. Players can also participate in Showdown contests where they must draft from a single game, round or match.
FanDuel, DraftKings’ longtime DFS and sports betting rival, announced its daily fantasy launch in Arizona earlier this year as part of its broader gaming partnership with the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Like DraftKings, FanDuel will offer a wide range of DFS options for Arizona players.
“Designed for everyday fans, FanDuel’s fantastic sports app offers unlimited options in daily, weekly or throughout the season contests with cash prizes,” the company said in a statement. press earlier this year.
The list of non-operational states is narrowing
Arizona’s launch follows a similar sports betting and daily fantasy implementation approved by Iowa last year and continues to reduce the footprint of states without legal DFS options.
Nevada has technically legalized daily fantasy sports, but requires operators to license under regulations similar to gaming entities. DraftKings and FanDuel have long maintained that their DFS contests are not gaming products.
Washington, Idaho, Montana and Hawaii are among the few remaining states without legal DFS operators. DraftKings has stopped operating its DFS products in Oregon as it struggles to secure the branding rights of the state lottery-run mobile bookie, which was approved by state officials on Thursday. .
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