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DraftKings nets Premier League partners to support UK launch in Spring 2016. 06/02/2016
• DraftKings already available on iOS and Android App in UK
• FanDuel has applied for a UK license
• Mondogoal, a soccer-only DFS site, has been operating in the UK for more than a year
• FantasyUp rescued by iTEAM

Daily fantasy sports (DFS) company DraftKings has entered into partnerships with English Premier League football clubs Arsenal, Liverpool and Watford as part of a move to support its global expansion into the UK market.

BIn August of last year, DraftKings secured a licence to launch its services in the UK and had initially planned to go live in the market by October.

However, in November, DraftKings confirmed that it was to delay its launch in the UK until early 2016, but did not disclose the reasons behind this decision.

Once live in the UK, DraftKings plans to offer contests on the 11 sports that are currently available in North America, including football, golf and e-sports.

GWith DraftKings’ launch in the UK now imminent, the company has entered into long-term partnerships with three Premier League sides.

Supporters in the UK and around the world will have the opportunity to win a host of prizes such as matchday tickets and signed club merchandise, while the company will have also a presence inside the teams’ stadiums and on each of the clubs’ digital and social media channels.

In addition, the DraftKings logo will feature on pitchside LED advertising boards inside Liverpool’s Anfield home stadium.

Jason Robins, co-founder and chief executive of DraftKings said: “The reality in the UK is that DraftKings will bring a totally new experience for sports fans, especially those of Arsenal, Liverpool and Watford.

“We offer our players the opportunity to test their skill at fantasy contests with the immediacy of daily play.

“Our ambition is to bring players as close to the action as possible, with all the information they need to assemble the best teams.

“To do that, we are partnering with some of the biggest names in football here in the UK.”

More Daily Fantasy Sports News
Feb 4, 2016 - Rhode Island’s attorney general released an opinion that daily fantasy sports is likely legal under state law. The news ends a recent run of AGs declaring that DFS is illegal in other states.

Rhode Island joins Massachusetts and Kansas in coming to the conclusion that paid-entry fantasy sports contests are legal. DFS is expressly legal in Nevada, as well, with a gaming license.

FantasyUp announced that it was closing down in January, with the following note to players:

Feb 2, 2016 - FantasyUp announced that it was closing down in January, with the following note to players: “Our sincere apologies that we cannot process withdrawals, as the Company does not have the funds needed to process the withdrawals to all customers.”

A little more than two weeks later, players who were owed accounts balances — with no real recourse other than the courts to try to recover funds — find themselves in a very different position. iTEAM announced that it was taking over FantasyUp and relaunching it this week.