The daily fantasy sports industry is heating up as a tribe in Minnesota lauches a DFS site and top operators return to television.
The daily fantasy sports industry continues to dominate the headlines in the United States. DraftKings and FanDuel are back in business in several states as legislation has now been passed into law that will regulate the daily fantasy sports industry. Other states are still looking at the industry and how it can be of benefit to their residents. In the state of Minnesota, a tribal casino has launched a DFS site to get in on the action themselves.
Grand Casino Mille Lacs DFS Site
The Grand Casino Mille Lacs is a tribal run gaming venue located in Minnesota who recently launched a DFS gaming site. The casino was able to get their new offering up and running just in time for the NFL season, or so they thought. We actually tried to access the site but as of today, the web page is not operational.
The website name is Granfantasysports.com and is a site that will offer daily fantasy sports gaming. The site is powered by EZFantasy LLC , which is a group that is a member of the Small Businesses of Fantasy Sports Trade Association. The information provided by the site by way of stats are supplied by Sportrader US. Payments are made to the site via PayPal for those taking part.
Reportedly, the site is only taking customers from specific states that include:
- West Virginia
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians are the operators of the casino gaming venue. The tribe is federally recognized and also operate the Grand Casino Hinckley. The tribe seems to be trying to capitalize on the DFS industry but may not be able to get any headway if their site is not up and running. It will be interesting to see if the site will be back in action later on today or in the coming days.
DFS Brands Advertising on Television Once Again
Reports have surfaced that both DraftKings and FanDuel are currently getting back on television with the launch of new advertising campaigns. Both brands were back on the NFL Network as fans saw advertisements over Labor Day weekend. The groups are reportedly spending much last than last year, which is expected given the current circumstances. Both brands have suffered losses after being shut out of certain states in 2015 and this year, as well as having to hire lawyers to fight several disputes in regards to daily fantasy sports gaming.
It is of note that both sites had not been present on television over the past few months as they were handling issues with several states as well as cutting deals abroad. Both FanDuel and DraftKings seem to be happy at present as most states in the US are open to legislation and are working on regulations to allow the sites as well as other operators back in to offer DFS gaming.
It is expected that daily fantasy sports will only continue to be in the limelight when it comes to gaming as the NFL season gets started and more states are considering the activity. Online gaming as a whole may now include DFS as states are considering combining several avenues of gaming such as poker, casino and DFS when creating legislation. We shall see over the coming months as the year comes to a close how many additional states will pass legislation regulating the industry and offering DFS gaming in a legalized setting.