The King of L.A.: DraftKings Deal With Los Angeles’ Staples Heart Contains ‘Fantasy Lounge’

DraftKings has signed a cope with Staples Heart in Los Angeles, giving the daily fantasy sportsbook website a relationship with one of many greatest arenas within the U.S.

DraftKings takes L.A.

Eric Fisher of the Sports activities Enterprise Journal broke the information (paywall). Fisher associated a number of the particulars by way of Twitter:

The deal makes DraftKings the official “Day by day Fantasy Sports activities Accomplice” of the world and creates the “DraftKings Fantasy Sports activities Bar and Lounge.”

Staples Heart has a big selection of skilled sportsbook workforce tenants; its greatest embrace the Lakers and the Clippers of the NBA, the Kings of the NHL and the Sparks of the WNBA. The venue additionally hosts quite a few different occasions all through the course of the 12 months, such because the Grammys and concert events.

For final season, the Lakers had a relationship with FanDuel, whereas the Clippers and Kings had offers in place with DraftKings. Staples Heart’s proprietor, Anschutz Leisure Group, has curiosity within the Lakers and the Kings. The announcement was made in tandem with an extension of DraftKings’ cope with the Kings.

DraftKings now has sponsorship offers in place with the 2 most fascinating sportsbook arenas in the USA, after a cope with Madison Sq. Backyard in New York Metropolis final month.

One other DraftKings lounge

The most important piece of the partnership is the 4,400 square-foot DraftKings lounge, which is set to open in September.

We obtained maybe the clearest image but of what a DraftKings in-arena fantasy lounge will appear like and the way it will function. From a press launch on the deal from DraftKings:

Company can observe their favourite gamers and groups and the entire dwell motion of the occasion going down inside STAPLES Heart and different venues world wide on greater than 35 Toshiba sensible televisions, 6 Toshiba Virtuoso Screens, 15 Microsoft Floor Tablets and 4 iMacs, whereas ordering from an unique menu that includes signature foods and drinks selections. The DraftKings Fantasy Sports activities Bar and Lounge may also be outfitted with know-how to allow the origination of dwell broadcasts of Fantasy Sports activities content material. Company offering their DraftKings ID will obtain reductions on meals, drinks and different unique alternatives, and all through every occasion, fortunate followers can be randomly chosen to obtain prizes, particular gives and even the chance to go inside STAPLES Heart to look at the motion from VIP seats supplied by DraftKings.

Like different offers DFS websites signal with groups and venues, the connection additionally contains signage within the area and promotion of DraftKings online and by way of social media.

“With the opening of our first DraftKings Fantasy Sports activities Bar & Lounge of its form, we’re creating the premier vacation spot for Los Angeles sportsbook followers to look at video games, play daily fantasy and socialize over nice foods and drinks,” DraftKings CEO Jason Robins stated within the press launch. “We’ll carry DraftKings gamers nearer to the motion every day with dwell broadcasts, VIP experiences, particular friends, and ticket giveaways.”

The most recent area domino to fall

The deal comes within the wake of the deal between DraftKings and MSG and a reported relationship between Draftkings and Barclays Heart in Brooklyn.

As we speculated final week, DFS websites are beginning to goal arenas and stadiums for advertising offers. Such offers give websites elevated publicity — a minimum of in comparison with “team-only” offers — and the flexibility to create a bodily location for fan engagement.

Staples Heart is arguably as massive of a prize for the DraftKings portfolio because the MSG deal, and in some methods Staples Heart could be much more fascinating. Each arenas are positioned in big cities with have busy schedules of occasions. Staples Heart hosts twice the variety of NBA video games as MSG, with two NBA groups calling it house.

A few of the different arenas which have a number of professional groups as tenants which are presumably nonetheless out there for DFS partnerships embrace Verizon Heart in Washington D.C, Wells Fargo Heart in Philadelphia and United Heart in Chicago.

Of these, Verizon Heart most intently follows the mannequin of the Staples Heart deal. Ted Leonsis has majority pursuits in each the world and the groups — the Wizards, Capitals and Mystics — that play house video games there.

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