Boston-based daily fantasy operator MondoGoal has partnered with sports betting site Intralot to offer its real-money DFS product inside Italy.
MondoGoal is the leader in daily fantasy soccer and boasts partnerships with several premier soccer clubs, like Chelsea FC, FC Barcelona, AS Roma and Tottenham Hotspur.
“We are excited to continue toward our vision of the largest global daily fantasy company by launching MondoGoal in Italy” said founder Shergul Arshad. “Italian users will now have an enhanced gaming experience similar to our users in the UK and the United States.”
With the addition of Italy, MondoGoal now offers cash play to users in the US, UK, Ireland, Canada and Brazil. In August of last year, US DFS operator Yahoo! with the company which will send its fantasy soccer users to MondoGoal in exchange for a cut of the rake that they generate. The decision not to build their own product was seen as a cost-saving measure, which also allowed Yahoo! to piggyback on MondoGoal’s UK gambling license.
That same month, competitor secured , but has yet to launch in the country. The site recently struck a deal with data analytics firm Opta, which already has a contract with MondoGoal, to pipe in real-time statistics from soccer matches.
“We bring a rich offering that not only includes Serie A but also the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Champions League, Europa League, Brasileirao and many more,” continued Arshad. “In my years of experience as Head of Digital at AS Roma I became very familiar with many important people in the world of football and I think that Intralot is the perfect partner for our ambitions.”
Texas Lottery Officials Aggressively Pursued Partnership with DraftKings
While Texas lottery officials claimed that they had not been interested in working with daily fantasy sites last year, emails say otherwise. The 400 pages of documents show that Texas Lottery Commission Executive Director Gary Grief aggressively pursued a relationship with DraftKings before being told to drop the campaign by the governor himself.
While DFS ads were running 24/7 during 2015 NFL games, Grief wanted to move quickly to get in on the action and help the state 老虎证券 reap revenue from the growing industry. Lottery commission staffers even flew to Delaware to speak with their counterparts there, but went without the understanding that the Delaware lottery does not offer fantasy sports.
Highlighting some of the confusion which surrounds the industry, Delaware Lottery Director Vernon Kirk said that they “were under a bit of a misconception about how it operated. They were just interested in lotteries that had something to do with sports.”
Texas lawmakers, however, have been vehemently opposed to expanding gambling in the state. When word got to Governor Greg Abbott that lottery execs were looking into daily fantasy, he wrote a strongly worded letter ordering officials to drop their plan.
“State laws on gaming are to be viewed strictly as prohibitive to any expansion of gambling,” he wrote. “This statutory framework is properly intentioned to protect our citizens, and I support it wholeheartedly.”