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”
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. :(