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  • Mormoney45

    ESPN is killing it…..I hope they enters into the DFS market

  • ChaosM83

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    Isn’t this what was being said about Yahoo?

  • Jcb890

    Killing what? ESPN sucks. They don’t even have the best season-long platform.

  • tipandpick

    • 2016 FanDuel WFFC Finalist

    • 2014 FAFC Champion

    We heard similar arguments when Yahoo! and PokerStars entered the DFS space…

  • bstreich9

    Couldn’t be more wrong about this, imo

  • donkshow

    Just like Yahoo…

  • jimmyquinella

    • Blogger of the Month

    Any MMORPG players out there?

    “This will be the WOW killer”

    sound familiar?

  • mellofellowsu

    I see ESPN buying out a DK or FD as more likely than them rolling out their own platform.

  • bhdevault

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    • Blogger of the Month

    @jimmyquinella said...

    Any MMORPG players out there?

    “This will be the WOW killer”

    sound familiar?

    Haha, yep.

  • FoothillsFlash

    ESPN sucks wet donkey balls, and based on their current website, I can only imagine their DFS would suck just as much. I admittedly watch the network, but only if it’s a game I really want to watch and only with the sound off.

  • OsRitmos

    @mellofellowsu said...

    I see ESPN buying out a DK or FD as more likely than them rolling out their own platform.

    They almost did this last year, but big-brother Disney stepped in and said no-no-no.

  • OsRitmos

    @jimmyquinella said...

    Any MMORPG players out there?

    “This will be the WOW killer”

    sound familiar?

    LOL – great analogy…and I am so disappointed that I get it.

  • tgowen

    • Blogger of the Month

    I think ESPN could be a huge competitor to DK/FD if they went into the season long cash business. However, I don’t see this happening any time soon.

  • MrFantasy

    @tipandpick said...

    We heard similar arguments when Yahoo and PokerStars entered the DFS space…

    I will admit I was wrong about that one but they never really gave it a fair chance. They closed up shop to almost every state after like 3 weeks.

  • troveur

    @Mormoney45 said...

    ESPN is killing it…..I hope they enters into the DFS market

    Cool story bro…add more !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! next time.

  • DomTwan

    DK and FD got this shit on lock fam, dont see them going anywhere ANYTIME soon.

  • DontThrowPick6

    one game…..streak for the cash

  • shamrock77s

    I used to play on ESPN for Uber ranking. When they shut that down, I lost interest in virtually everything they did.

  • theoddsmaker

    They probably wouldn’t make too big of a splash if they just made a traditional salary cap game like we see DK/FD use. The problem is bridging the gap between season long and daily fantasy. ESPN and yahoo have access to the millions of users who play season long.

    Hear me out….the way you get those season long die hards to join us in the wonderful world of DFS is not just luring them to start joining 30k leagues where they have to create a sal cap team. Season long guys love love LOVE snake drafts. Why on earth Yahoo! Didn’t at least offer pay to play dfs snake drafts is beyond me. They can fill up a 12-team mock draft in 5 seconds. You’re telling me they just say hey…$1 entry fee and draft based on today’s games? Obviously want different dollar amounts but I’d bet they’d get a lot more people to do that and treat it as a gateway drug to play Sal cap games too. Hell, even starting to offer different game types would be cool whether it be weekly snakes or weekly Sal cap leagues.

  • CoronaLime

    Oddsmaker, these are the same geniuses that paid nearly $6 billion for Broadcast.com. I’m sure Mark Cuban loves them more than any of us. :)

  • Lathum

    @theoddsmaker said...

    They probably wouldn’t make too big of a splash if they just made a traditional salary cap game like we see DK/FD use. The problem is bridging the gap between season long and daily fantasy. ESPN and yahoo have access to the millions of users who play season long.

    Hear me out….the way you get those season long die hards to join us in the wonderful world of DFS is not just luring them to start joining 30k leagues where they have to create a sal cap team. Season long guys love love LOVE snake drafts. Why on earth Yahoo! Didn’t at least offer pay to play dfs snake drafts is beyond me. They can fill up a 12-team mock draft in 5 seconds. You’re telling me they just say hey…$1 entry fee and draft based on today’s games? Obviously want different dollar amounts but I’d bet they’d get a lot more people to do that and treat it as a gateway drug to play Sal cap games too. Hell, even starting to offer different game types would be cool whether it be weekly snakes or weekly Sal cap leagues.

    When I first started years ago Draftstreet did this for NFL. 6 or 10 team snake drafts, when the queue filled you drafted, like a sit and go. Was really fun.

    As for Disney there is zero chance they dip their toe into DFS while there is still some legal gray areas.

  • xdan3220

    There are a few major differences between ESPN and Yahoo that I think would make a big difference on this end:

    1) Anyone going to the ESPN website is going there to consume sports related material, should be a greater percentage of their users that would be interested in DFS
    2) Advertising would be significantly more successful, again people watching ESPN are doing so for sports, plenty of commercials and every time anyone on the network discusses fantasy sports would be very easy to throw in an ESPN DFS tie in, which I would think would swing a huge amount of casual players who don’t want to have to try to take the DFS advice for ESPN and apply it to FD or DK
    3) trusted brand, which yahoo had going for it as well

  • julieduke33

    Does anyone still go to ESPN for sports news??? They only cover 5 topics or at least used to…lebron, Tebow, manziel, tiger, yanks/Red Sox…that’s when I stopped watching ESPN and going to their website….

  • billholler

    So many haters. If done right, ESPN has the money and the power to run DK or FD or both out of business. How hard would it be for someone from a major company such as ESPN to read a few forums and blogs and see the things we always bitch about. Then take those negatives and correct them.

    The ESPN Millions with a $25 entry fee, $1 million for 1st, $600k for 2nd, $400k for 3rd…..yeah we are all fish that would swim as fast as possible towards the bait.

  • Heterodox

    @theoddsmaker said...

    Hear me out….the way you get those season long die hards to join us in the wonderful world of DFS is not just luring them to start joining 30k leagues where they have to create a sal cap team. Season long guys love love LOVE snake drafts. Why on earth Yahoo! Didn’t at least offer pay to play dfs snake drafts is beyond me. They can fill up a 12-team mock draft in 5 seconds. You’re telling me they just say hey…$1 entry fee and draft based on today’s games? Obviously want different dollar amounts but I’d bet they’d get a lot more people to do that and treat it as a gateway drug to play Sal cap games too. Hell, even starting to offer different game types would be cool whether it be weekly snakes or weekly Sal cap leagues.

    Doesn’t anyone think that Yahoo and Amaya have a huge advantage in that they can afford to sit on the sidelines while DK and FD do all the legwork, and bear the financial burden, on the regulatory front? I mean DK and FD are fighting for their existence, while bigger companies with other businesses can sit back and watch, test new games/formats/features, spend more money on market research, etc. I imagine they’re using this time well, but who knows, maybe it’s not nor ever will be a priority for either company. But, as theoddsmaker points out, Yahoo and ESPN have access to all those season long players, while Amaya has the benefit of being able to wait and watch. If they can hit on a formula that resolves the issues that are keeping regular season long players from also playing DFS, they can completely reshape the industry, it would seem to me.

  • noddy

    @Lathum said...

    When I first started years ago Draftstreet did this for NFL. 6 or 10 team snake drafts, when the queue filled you drafted, like a sit and go. Was really fun.

    As for Disney there is zero chance they dip their toe into DFS while there is still some legal gray areas.

    Fantasy Feud has snake drafts in their lobby. Not sure if they fill up or not.

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