Scott Atkins on the SBFSTA on Sirius/XM's ScoutFantasy Show

This is the audio clip of the interview between Scott Atkins @ScottFantasy (co-founder SBFSTA @SBFSTA) did with Dr. Roto @DrRoto on the Scout Fantasy Show @ScoutFantasy on Sirius XM Radio @SiriusXMFantasy from April 7, 2016.

 

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Small Fantasy Sports Biz to fight duopoly

The following press release can be found in its original form at this link from PR Newswire:

PR Newswire: Small Businesses of Fantasy Sports - A Trade Association, March 29, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y., March 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A newly formed coalition of small fantasy sports business operators and vendors has joined forces in an attempt to amend proposed legislation in New York State that would impose an onerous $500,000 fee in order to be licensed to operate fantasy sports contests in the state. The new association has formed in opposition to DraftKings and FanDuel, both of which support the New York legislation.

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State bills to allow fantasy sports could hurt smaller firms

The following article can be found in its original form at this link from the Associated Press:

Associated Press: Geoff Mulvihill, March 27,2016

Smaller companies in the exploding fantasy sports industry say they could be shut out of doing business in some states by legislation that is actually intended to recognize the games' legality.

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FanDuel and DraftKings Utilize FSTA-Generated Email List To Promote Own Agenda

Here is an example of FanDuel co-opting the Fantasy Sports Trade Association (FSTA)'s Fantasy Sports For All list in order to push their own agenda to get New York players to support this proposed law.  The Fantasy Sports For All email list was marketed by all FSTA member companies in order to unite fantasy players.

DraftKings used the Fantasy Sports For All list a few days later to do the exact same thing. Multiple small operators voiced their opposition and requested a retraction.

Was their a retraction or even a response to that request from the FSTA?

No, there was not.

Did small operators subsequently get the opportunity to use the Fantasy For All list and say not to support the proposed New York law in its current form?

Of course not.

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FSTA Fails To Respond To Several Proposed Solutions

Below is an email sent from Dave Gerczak--a fantasy sports small business owner and co-founder of the SBFSTA--on March 18, to FSTA Board members Paul Charchian, Peter Schoenke, Rick Wolf and others offering a proposed solution that could have resolved the lobbying conflict of interest and ensured the FSTA would lobby for all member companies, not just two.

This email's substance was affirmed by multiple small operators to the group. It went without a response from the FSTA in any way, shape or form.

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Gerczak - The FFPC
Sent: Friday, March 18, 2016 2:19pm
To: Paul Charchian
Cc: (redacted 15 other recipients for privacy purposes) 

Subject: Re: Fanduel's call to support the terrible NY fantasy law

"Hi everyone,

 

Kindly permit me this lengthy email as I weigh in. I have also attached a copy in Word if that is easier to read.

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Is Daily Fantasy Sports Headed Toward A State-Regulated DraftKings-FanDuel Duopoly?

The following article can be found in its original form at this link from the Legal Sports Report:

Legal Sports Report: Dustin Gouker, March 23, 2016

The two bills farthest along — a law on the books in Virginia and a bill on the governor’s desk in Indiana — are not good harbingers for the DFS industry.

Both states include initial licensing fees of $50,000. That might not seem like much, and in reality it’s pocket change to DraftKings and FanDuel in exchange for legal clarity and access to ‘x’ market.

For everyone else? Paying out $50,000 up front is a big ask for access to a pair of mid-size markets that likely won’t generate that much in revenue for small operators in the short-term.

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Darren Heitner Updates The Latest DFS News In New York

The following clip can be found in its original form at this link from Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio:

Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio: Darrin Heitner, March 22, 2016

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Indiana Lobbying Effort Never Fought For Small Business

Indiana Lobbying Effort Never Fought For Small Business

Below is an email sent from Scott Atkins of Scout Fantasy on March 11, 2016 at 1:21 pm to FSTA President Paul Charchian, Rotowire’s Peter Schoenke, Jay Correia of DreamCo, Alex Kaganovsky of FFPC & Dave Gerczak of FFPC:


Hey Charch,

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Nevada Gaming Policy Committee

This is the video from the Nevada Gaming Policy Committee's meeting on March 7, 2016. SBFSTA Outreach Director Michael Nazarek from FFMastermind.com along with representatives from FanDuel and DraftKings speak to the board, with the SBFSTA's work in Virginia being recognized by the board as well.

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Governor signs fantasy contest bill into law, affects daily and season-long fantasy sports

The following article can be found in its original form at this link from the Virginian-Pilot:

Virginian-Pilot: Kimberly Pierceall, March 6, 2016

A first-of-its-kind bill to regulate both daily and seasonlong fantasy football, basketball and baseball contests, among others, has been signed into law in Virginia.

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