I had been holding out hope that DraftKings’ NBA product wouldn’t be affected by the recent negative changes to their MLB offering, but these initial preseason slates have me super worried. The available contests are set up EXACTLY like the MLB contests have been, including the entry fees, prize structures, total entries, etc. The one positive for this NBA season is that late swap is back, but if the NBA contests are as terrible as MLB has been made to be, it’s going to be very difficult for the optimism of late swap’s return to stick around with me for very long. I personally don’t understand how things they’ve done to MLB help them make any more money in any way whatsoever. To let it be done to another non-NFL sport would be crazy to me, but early signs seem to point to just that.
If the first four weeks of MLB contests during the NFL season are any indication, I guess we also might as well just go ahead now and cancel NBA DFS on Sundays to avoid the disappointment of being slapped in the face with horrific sets of contests each week. I will never quite understand why the NFL is so ridiculously popular in DFS, because I absolutely hate playing it (ironically, NFL football is my favorite sport outside DFS), but to each his own. However, there is absolutely NO reason for DraftKings purposely tanking all of the non-NFL contests so badly in false anticipation of almost no one playing those other sports. I’d be willing to bet a lot of people are just like me and don’t end up playing on Sundays because they either 1) see the terrible contests and don’t see the point of entering in the first place or 2) they can’t play because those terrible contests are too small and filling too early, so there’s nothing to enter. There are other ways to protect themselves against overlay.
It seems to me maybe instead of running every single contest they run on all the other days, but with every numerical aspect drastically reduced, they could just cut the total amount of contests down and leave them all with a respectable setup. For example, instead of doing both the $3 AND $5 single entry contests, just do one of them and leave the structure as it always is. Or they could even split the difference throughout and just do one $4 single entry contest. It seems pretty simple to me. I guarantee there are hundreds of us here on Rotorinders that could do the job of whoever makes the decisions about what contests they put out, could do it ten times better and would make DraftKings plenty of additional money in the process. You would think they would come to us players more often to get advice on how to proceed with a lot of these things.
I really see no rhyme or reason for a large percentage of the terrible choices they’ve made over the past 2-3 years. And a lot of the recent bad changes seem to be a result of some domino effect created by earlier bad decisions. I can’t say many of the decisions have turned out very positive for me, but I still prefer DraftKings over the competition in most ways as of right now. That preference is growing smaller and smaller by the season, though, so eventually I will take my play elsewhere if need be.
Hopefully, I am completely wrong, NBA is just fine and it ends up being immune to the MLB changes. I am just curious as to others’ opinions on these things. Maybe I am the only one on Earth who feels this way, which would definitely not be the first time…lol
Either way, I am thankful for being able to rant on Rotogrinders where readers can read my rant and then rant back for me to read and reply, as well as for being able to read other ranters ranting and reply back to them with a rant for them to read on Rotogrinders and rant to me in a reply and so on and so forth. High school English teacher teaching me alliteration, eat your heart out.