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  • mblaylock10

    Just received this message from Draftkings this morning.

    Oregon DFS update

    “As you might already be aware, Draftkings has been in discussions with the Oregon Lottery to potentially transition its Scoreboard app to the Draftkings platform. During these discussions, some questions have been raised about whether paid fantasy sports contests are permissible under Oregon law. While we respectfully disagree, we value our relationship with the Oregon Lottery and share a common commitment to best serve Oregonians who are passionate about sports betting. As such, Draftkings will stop paid fantasy sports contests in Oregon at 10AM ET/ 7 AM PST on July 26th, 2021, so the discussions may continue”

    Well, I was not aware. In fact, this was the first I’ve heard of these discussions. For those of you not in Oregon or are not familiar the state does have ONE platform of legalized sports betting and it’s run through the Oregon Lottery on its Scoreboard app. The app was something I initially dabbled with and quickly gave up due to it’s janky interface and constant errors and mishaps. Also, it does not allow for collegiate sports betting. I do not know much about the states revenue from its scoreboard app recently but I do know that in 2019 the state actually lost money on legalized sports betting through its scoreboard app. They have started making some kind of profit since then but I’m guessing it’s not enough as they have multiple companies running the site including SBTech that are taking us much as 51 percent of the states revenue made on sports wagering in the state. This is so Oregon.

    I did some quick searching around and found this.

    “Although Oregon Lottery officials estimate Oregonians will place $1.6 billion in bets on Scoreboard by the end of 2023, the state will net less than $40 million, or around 2%, in that time.

    Though some will continue to discuss the sports app’s efficacy, Gov. Kate Brown’s office doesn’t see the offering going anywhere anytime soon”

    “As legislators continue to scrutinize the Oregon Lottery’s efforts, spokesman Evans maintains continued focus on improving the existing product could accompany several bills introduced in 2021”

    HELP.

    Any fellow Oregonians have any idea what’s going on here? What are these discussions going on with Draftkings? And why after all these years of it being legal are we now questioning whether paid fantasy sports should be permissible under Oregon Law.

    My guess is money. Always money.

    The state isn’t making enough from its own lottery. And now is shutting down DFS in hopes that it will funnel all that money into its own state run sports wagering app. Is it a money thing for Draftkings as well? Are they still negotiating fees, rights, and such? Is there still hope that DFS stays in Oregon and were only taking a slight sabbatical while they negotiate.

    Does anyone have experience with this. Are there people to call, places to write. Interesting that this message was sent on a Saturday morning and DFS will be shut down Monday morning. So nothing can be done between now and then. I’m bummed right now. I love DFS. It’s a hobby, a puzzle to put together everyday. I enjoy(ed) playing ~ it. Somebody out there give me hope that this isn’t over yet. :(

  • wolfjb1

    Wow. This is terrible for Oregon based DK players.

    There are some fantasy sports trade groups out there (Google them, I forget the names) that engage in lobbying once these things happen, or to prevent them from happening.

    Here in Florida we were on the verge of DK and FD pulling up their stakes a couple months ago and the sites poured buckets of money into lobbying at the very last minute and got a reprieve.

    Also try emailing the guys at Sports Handle, which covers the DFS and sports gambling industry (I think it’s owned by the same company that owns RG). They are really good at covering the news and getting to the bottom of things.

  • SkateFiend

    Oregon should allow DK players to enter contests with crowns, in the name of consumer protection (if nothing else).

  • mblaylock10

    @wolfjb1 said...

    Wow. This is terrible for Oregon based DK players.

    There are some fantasy sports trade groups out there (Google them, I forget the names) that engage in lobbying once these things happen, or to prevent them from happening.

    Here in Florida we were on the verge of DK and FD pulling up their stakes a couple months ago and the sites poured buckets of money into lobbying at the very last minute and got a reprieve.

    Also try emailing the guys at Sports Handle, which covers the DFS and sports gambling industry (I think it’s owned by the same company that owns RG). They are really good at covering the news and getting to the bottom of things.

    Thank you for the information. I’m in the process of reaching out to them.

  • mblaylock10

    Also, I did reach out to Fanduel who I have not used in many years to see if they were restricting Oregon residents. I guess I assumed that the all the DFS universe moved laterally with this sort of legislation. To my surprise a representative from Fanduel got right back to me with this:

    “Currently there is no change to the way we will operate & engage with residents of Oregon. This appears to be a specific situation related to that company”

    Guess I’m moving back to Fanduel.

  • kressmi

    I imagine if Draftkings pulls out of Oregon and laws are changed, that Fanduel will have to pull out as well.

    Sad to see

  • thacknasty

    Please post here if you hear anything. I will do the same as I have the same feeling about this ridiculous decision and complete lack of info about it. Moved to Fanduel but don’t like it as much.

  • d_train21

    Same thing happened in CT at the start of the month, but at the 11th hour, the bill was amended after it passed, and DFS continues.

  • thacknasty

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.usbets.com/draftkings-ends-dfs-oregon-lottery/amp/

  • thacknasty

    https://www.legalsportsreport.com/54610/draftkings-ends-oregon-dfs-sportsbook-talks/

  • Nickmcc92

    I think the main reason DK pulled their DFS is because they are getting ready to transition the scoreboard app to DraftKings. Scoreboard is ran by SB Tech like you mentioned, well last year DK bought SBTech. When they purchased them, the Oregon and scoreboard app contract stayed put, however DK has been pushing to get it switched over. So I believe them stopping is 1 of 2 things, A- The state said we don’t want you to be a monopoly and run our sports gambling site AND offer DFS, so you get gambling and FD can run DFS. OR, state is pushing back on allowing the move to the DK platform and DK said okay, we will pull this out of your state (which means less money for the state) as a big F you for not giving the people what they want. I mean had Oregonians known scoreboard was going to be the one and only choice for online Sportsbook, I’m sure many voters would have voted no. What’s the point of offering online sports gambling if you aren’t even going to put a HALF ASS book out there. Shit, William hill is janky and has a horrible interface, but it is 10X better than the scoreboard app. No player bonuses, no boosts, no deals/offers anything. NFL season is fast approaching, dreaming of a quick resolution on all of this.

  • kressmi

    DraftKings Climbs on Positive News Out of Oregon, Arizona
    DraftKings is now the official partner of the Oregon Lottery Commission

    https://www.thestreet.com/investing/draftkings-rises-on-oregon-arizona-approvals?puc=yahoo&cm_ven=YAHOO

    Hopefully this means Oregon DFS is coming back as well.

  • jacosta2024

    I am a Idaho Resident and I would travel to Ontario Oregon to set up DK lineups and now this. Last week I switched to Fanduel and attempted to log in from a computer and my phone in Ontario and got a notification restricted location. I had to travel 70 miles west to Baker City before it would let me to deposit funds and set up lineups. Any Ontario residents or eastern Oregon residents have this issue with FD? I reached out to FD and I followed their instructions to avoid this and I still had no success. I did not have these issues with DK when submitting lineups when I was in Ontario.

    Does anyone know where our voices can be heard to get DK DFS back in Oregon? This is heartbreaking.

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