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DRAFTKINGS EXPANDS SUPPORT FOR VETERANS WITH THANKSGIVING DAY NFL POINT INITIATIVE

Exceeds $1,000,000 mark in financial support to Tech for Heroes and veterans causes

BOSTON (November 26, 2019) – DraftKings Inc. today announced that for every point scored during the professional football games this Thanksgiving, it is donating $1,000 to veterans’ nonprofit organizations. Expanding on its successful Tech for Heroes initiative which trains former military men and women in tech skills to help them earn high-paying skilled jobs after they serve us, the Thanksgiving games will raise at least $100,000 for veterans-serving charities that make an impact in DraftKings’ backyard, adding to the more than $1-million the company has already raised supporting veterans.

“DraftKings is proud to be an American-made success story.  We do not take for granted the opportunities afforded to us because of the sacrifices of our veterans, and we understand our responsibility to invest in our communities and the veterans who made this possible,” said Matt Kalish, Co-founder at DraftKings. “For Thanksgiving, we are so proud to build on our commitment to American veterans by supporting five nonprofits that we believe make critical contributions in our communities and the lives of our heroes.”

The five charities that DraftKings is partnering with are:

  • New England Center and Home for Veterans helps to equip veterans who are facing or are at-risk of homelessness with the tools for economic self-sufficiency.
  • Operation Chillout rescues homeless veterans from the street and provides resources for their ongoing recovery.
  • Patton Veterans Project: I WAS THERE Films, offers collaborative film-making workshops for veterans to tell their story.
  • Veterans Village offers 24/7/365 crisis intervention center intensive support services.
  • Vets in Tech connects veterans to the national technology ecosystem through education, employment and entrepreneurship.

Each charity will receive a minimum donation of $20,000 this Thanksgiving – $100,000 across all five organizations – with the potential for more money depending on the results of the day’s three featured games.

Tech for Heroes, only in its second year running, has trained over 150 veterans or spouses in tech skills with nine courses in five cities: Austin, Boston, Columbus (Ohio), Las Vegas, and San Francisco. In addition to learning coding and presentation skills, program participants develop a peer-to-peer network and earn a resume-ready certificate.

To date, the DraftKings player community has raised over $93,000 by entering and participating in Tech for Heroes Charity Contests. Customers have also taken part in other charitable contests offered by DraftKings. In October more than $119,000 was raised through “Pink ‘Em” contests which supported the First Down Fund, an initiative by Larry Fitzgerald, which works to prevent breast cancer and support people affected by breast cancer.

To learn more about DraftKings’ corporate social responsibility initiative Tech for Heroes and its commitment to veterans underway this holiday season, please visit: https://www.draftkings.com/tech-for-heroes

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About DraftKings

DraftKings is a premier, U.S.-based sports technology and entertainment company created to fuel the competitive spirits of sports fans with offerings that range across daily fantasy, regulated gaming, and digital media. Founded in 2012 by Jason Robins, Matt Kalish and Paul Liberman, DraftKings’ daily fantasy product boasts over 11 million registered players and is available in 8 countries internationally with 15 distinct sport categories. Launched in 2018, DraftKings Sportsbook offers mobile and retail betting for major national and global sports, and currently operates pursuant to state regulations in Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. DraftKings is the Official Daily Fantasy Partner of the NFL and PGA Tour as well as an Authorized Gaming Operator of the MLB and NBA. Headquartered in Boston, DraftKings holds offices across the country including Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York, and San Francisco.

Media Contact:

media@draftkings.com 

NH Lottery Sports Betting Contract with DraftKings Receives Approval

CONCORD, N.H. and BOSTON, M.A. (November 25, 2019) – The New Hampshire Executive Council voted today to approve a contract between the New Hampshire Lottery and DraftKings Inc., setting the stage for sports betting to launch in the Granite State.

“We moved fast to get this done, and the deal is a win for New Hampshire,” said Governor Chris Sununu. “We are partnering with a world-class company to provide a first-rate customer service experience. With today’s vote, everyone will now be able to bet on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in time for this year’s Super Bowl.”

“Today’s affirmative vote begins a partnership with DraftKings that will offer our players an exciting opportunity to participate in sports betting with a trusted partner,” said Charlie McIntyre, executive director, New Hampshire Lottery. “The introduction of sports betting will broaden the appeal of the New Hampshire Lottery and engage new and existing customers, while generating millions of dollars in additional revenue to support education. We are working directly with DraftKings to implement a sports betting system that both engages players, while also ensuring all appropriate safeguards are in place. The New Hampshire Lottery and DraftKings expect to launch mobile sports betting this January.”

DraftKings was selected through a competitive bidding process, offering the New Hampshire Lottery the best financial package, the most highly rated mobile sports betting app, and the fastest implementation timeline. Under the approved contract, the New Hampshire Lottery will receive 50-percent of gaming revenue from sports betting sales, maximizing revenue for education in New Hampshire. In order to work in closer collaboration with the New Hampshire Lottery, DraftKings also plans to open an office in the state.

“We look forward to collaborating further with the New Hampshire Lottery to bring the DraftKings experience to sports fans in the Granite State,” said Matt Kalish, chief revenue officer and co-founder at DraftKings. “Our best-in-class mobile sportsbook and several retail locations throughout the state are sure to be a hit with all types of customers as legalized sports betting continues to expand across the country.”

Governor Chris Sununu signed legislation in July 2019 authorizing the New Hampshire Lottery to conduct sports betting, which will be allowed through as many as 10 physical sports book locations, along with mobile sports betting.

The sports betting legislation was written to provide individual communities with the option to put the question to voters as to whether to permit the operation of retail sportsbook locations within their communities. The cities of Berlin, Claremont, Franklin, Laconia, Manchester and Somersworth voted in favor of sports book locations during city elections earlier this fall. New Hampshire towns will be able to place the question on their Town Meeting warrants in spring 2020.

The sports betting legislation, which creates a Division of Sports Wagering within the New Hampshire Lottery to oversee sports betting, allows for mobile wagering and prohibits any wagering on New Hampshire college teams or any college games taking place in the Granite State. Players must be 18 or older to make wagers.

Fans can learn more about the DraftKings Sportsbook app by downloading via iOS and Android or online at Sportsbook.DraftKings.com.  

About New Hampshire Lottery
Since 1964, the New Hampshire Lottery has contributed more than $2 billion to education in New Hampshire, including an all-time record $106.5 million during Fiscal Year 2019. For the past 55 years, the New Hampshire Lottery has recorded more than $6.7 billion in lottery sales and other earnings, with over $4.5 billion paid in prizes and other cost of sales.  

The New Hampshire Lottery Commission, located at 14 Integra Drive in Concord, currently manages all lottery operations in the state, including instant games, New Hampshire Powerball®, New Hampshire Mega Millions®, Tri-State Megabucks℠, Tri-State Pick3®/Pick4® Daily Numbers games, Gimme 5, Fast Play games, Lucky For Life®, KENO 603℠ and iLottery.

About DraftKings
DraftKings is a premier, U.S.-based sports technology and entertainment company created to fuel the competitive spirits of sports fans with offerings that range across daily fantasy, regulated gaming, and digital media. Founded in 2012 by Jason Robins, Matt Kalish and Paul Liberman, DraftKings’ daily fantasy product boasts over 11 million registered players and is available in 8 countries internationally with 15 distinct sport categories. Launched in 2018, DraftKings Sportsbook offers mobile and retail betting for major national and global sports, and currently operates pursuant to state regulations in Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. DraftKings is the Official Daily Fantasy Partner of the NFL and PGA Tour as well as an Authorized Gaming Operator of the MLB, NBA, and NFL. Headquartered in Boston, DraftKings holds offices across the country including Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York, and San Francisco.

Media Contacts:         

NH Lottery
Maura McCann
NH Lottery
(603) 271-7111                        
maura.mccann@lottery.nh.gov 

Jeff Mucciarone
NH Lottery
(603) 644-3200 ext. 12
jeff@montagnecom.com

DraftKings
media@draftkings.com

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DraftKings and Sportradar Announce Long-Term Partnership Extension

Deal Gives DraftKings Access to Official Sports Data Feeds for Sports Betting and Daily Fantasy Sports

BOSTON, MA and NEW YORK, NY, November 12, 2019 – Today, DraftKings Inc. a leader in the sports technology and entertainment space, and Sportradar, the world’s leading global provider of sports data and content, officially announced a long-term partnership extension whereby Sportradar will continue to be DraftKings’ supplier for data feeds and bet stimulation content.

As part of the extension, Sportradar will provide DraftKings with access to a variety of official sports data feeds, including the NFL, MLB, and the NBA for sports betting and daily fantasy sports (DFS).

“We are proud to extend our partnership with DraftKings, one of the most respected gaming companies in the US,” said Neale Deeley, Vice President of US Sales and Gaming, Sportradar. “DraftKings’ journey into sports betting has been a fantastic success, and we have been honored to be on that journey with them. We look forward to continuing that success for many years to come.”

The partnership will bring more instantaneous data feeds to the DraftKings Sportsbook, supplementing live and in-play wagering, these offers becoming more prevalent as legalized sports betting continues to expand across the nation. With the new ability to access official league data and branding, DraftKings is poised to bring fans even closer to the action.  

“DraftKings’ goal is to build the best, most trusted and most customer-centric destination for sports fans and our expanded partnership with Sportradar provides us with superior support,” said Ezra Kucharz, chief business officer, DraftKings. “This partnership will enhance customer experience by allowing us to provide faster turnaround time on our products and give us the opportunity to develop new, innovative offerings for our players.”

All mobile DraftKings Sportsbook and DFS offerings are available for downloaded on both iOS and Android apps.

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About DraftKings

DraftKings is a premier, U.S.-based sports technology and entertainment company created to fuel the competitive spirits of sports fans with offerings that range across daily fantasy, regulated gaming, and digital media. Founded in 2012 by Jason Robins, Matt Kalish and Paul Liberman, DraftKings’ daily fantasy product boasts over 11 million registered players and is available in 8 countries internationally with 15 distinct sport categories. Launched in 2018, DraftKings Sportsbook offers mobile and retail betting for major national and global sports, and currently operates pursuant to state regulations in Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. DraftKings is the Official Daily Fantasy Partner of the NFL and PGA Tour as well as an Authorized Gaming Operator of the MLB and NBA. Headquartered in Boston, DraftKings holds offices across the country including Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York, and San Francisco.

About Sportradar

Sportradar is the leading global provider of sports data intelligence. Established in 2000, the company occupies a unique position at the intersection of the sports, media and betting industries, providing sports federations, news media, consumer platforms and sports betting operators with a range of solutions to help grow their business. Sportradar employs over 2,000 people in more than 30 locations around the world. It is our commitment to excellent service, quality and reliability that makes us the trusted partner of more than 1,000 companies in over 80 countries and official partner of the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB, NASCAR, FIFA and UEFA. We monitor, analyze and deliver insights from more than 400,000 matches annually across 60 sports. With deep industry relationships, Sportradar is not just redefining the sports fan experience; it also safeguards the sports themselves through its Integrity Services division and advocacy for an integrity-driven environment for all involved.

DraftKings Media Contact:

media@draftkings.com

Sportradar Media Contact:

comms@sportradar.com

DraftKings Sportsbook Makes Its Pennsylvania Debut

Pennsylvania Becomes the Seventh State to Join in on DraftKings Sportsbook Action

BOSTON (November 7, 2019) – DraftKings Inc. today announced the launch of its digital sportsbook app in Pennsylvania. Following DraftKings’ recent expansion into West Virginia and Indiana with its top-rated mobile and online sportsbook, DraftKings now officially offers fans in Pennsylvania an elevated gaming experience. Arriving during the midst of the 2019 NFL season and start of NBA, fans in The Keystone State can take advantage of advanced in-app features including in-game betting, odds boosts, props, futures, as well as FlashBet for major U.S. and international sports.

“We have seen immense success over the last year with our sportsbook product and are thrilled for this pivotal next step as DraftKings expands into Pennsylvania,” said Jason Robins, co-founder and chief executive officer at DraftKings. “Pennsylvania is home to two of the biggest sports cities in the world and multiple big-time college programs, with some of the most die-hard fan bases of all-time. We could not be more excited to introduce those fans to our top-rated mobile sportsbook and provide them with the unrivaled experience that has become synonymous with DraftKings.”

The demand for sports betting among Pennsylvanians is immense as the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers are among the most bet teams to win Super Bowl LIV. DraftKings’ ability to allow users to bet on the nation’s most popular sport is emblematic of the All-American company’s commitment to reinforcing its position at the forefront of sports entertainment innovation by once again expanding its national reach. To date, DraftKings Sportsbook has already surpassed the $1-billion threshold for total handle, and Pennsylvania bettors appear poised to boost that figure further.

From Pennsylvania, to New Jersey, to Indiana and West Virginia, fans can seamlessly engage with both DraftKings’ sportsbook and fantasy apps, available via iOS and Android or online at Sportsbook.DraftKings.com.

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About DraftKings 

DraftKings is a premier, U.S.-based sports technology and entertainment company created to fuel the competitive spirits of sports fans with offerings that range across daily fantasy, regulated gaming, and digital media. Founded in 2012 by Jason Robins, Matt Kalish and Paul Liberman, DraftKings’ daily fantasy product boasts over 11 million registered players and is available in 8 countries internationally with 15 distinct sport categories. Launched in 2018, DraftKings Sportsbook offers mobile and retail betting for major national and global sports, and currently operates pursuant to state regulations in Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. DraftKings is the Official Daily Fantasy Partner of the NFL and PGA Tour as well as an Authorized Gaming Operator of the MLB, NBA, and NFL. Headquartered in Boston, DraftKings holds offices across the country including Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York, and San Francisco as well as international.

Media Contact:

media@draftkings.com 

DraftKings Becomes Authorized Sports Betting Operator of the NBA

DraftKings to Have Access to Official NBA Betting Data and League Marks

BOSTON & NEW YORK—Nov. 4, 2019 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and DraftKings Inc. today announced a multiyear partnership that will make DraftKings an Authorized Sports Betting Operator of the league.

Beginning with the current 2019-20 NBA season, DraftKings will have access to official NBA betting data and league marks across its mobile platform and in its sportsbooks throughout the United States. 

“NBA games are among the most captivating, dramatic and widely-consumed sports entertainment products globally, and the advocacy of the league around legal sports betting further demonstrates its consistent foresight to innovate for the betterment of the fan experience,” said Ezra Kucharz, chief business officer at DraftKings. “The correlation between sports betting and fan engagement is proven, and we look forward to the opportunities that being an Authorized Gaming Operator of the NBA will unlock for consumers.”

“We are excited to team with DraftKings, who has established itself as one of the leaders in the sports betting landscape in the U.S. and has a passionate NBA following,” said Scott Kaufman-Ross, Senior Vice President, Head of Fantasy & Gaming, NBA. “Our partnership will provide our fans with an authentic and enhanced gaming experience and help us further protect the integrity of our games.”

During the partnership, the NBA and DraftKings will work together on best-in-class practices to protect the integrity of NBA games.

Overall, the partnership positions DraftKings to further refine its NBA category, a sport that currently ranks among the most popular offerings for its customers. Live betting, a critical component of sports betting technology and the future of the industry, is more prevalent on DraftKings Sportsbook for the NBA than any other sport—over 70 percent of NBA bettors have live-wagered, while nearly 45 percent of NBA handle has come from in-play bets.

All DraftKings Sportsbook offerings, including the NBA, are available on the mobile app that is downloadable for both iOS and Android.  

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About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League.  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in nearly 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2019-20 season featured 108 international players from 38 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.6 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

About DraftKings

DraftKings is a premier, U.S.-based sports technology and entertainment company created to fuel the competitive spirits of sports fans with offerings that range across daily fantasy, regulated gaming, and digital media. Founded in 2012 by Jason Robins, Matt Kalish and Paul Liberman, DraftKings’ daily fantasy product boasts over 11 million registered players and is available in 8 countries internationally with 15 distinct sport categories. Launched in 2018, DraftKings Sportsbook offers mobile and retail betting for major national and global sports, and currently operates pursuant to state regulations in Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. DraftKings is the Official Daily Fantasy Partner of the NFL and PGA Tour as well as an Authorized Gaming Operator of the MLB, NBA, and NFL. Headquartered in Boston, DraftKings holds offices across the country including Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York, and San Francisco as well as international.

Contacts

Stephen Miraglia, DraftKings, media@draftkings.com  
Kyle Van Fechtmann, NBA, 212-407-8185, KVanFechtmann@nba.com