Scandal has hit the daily fantasy sports world and now questions are being raised as to what information employees at sites like DraftKings and FanDuel have access to and if they are using that data to win money at rival sites.
The scandal broke when the New York Times reported that one DraftKings employee had admitted to “inadvertently releasing data before the start of the third week of N.F.L. games.” That employee won $US350,000 at FanDuel the same week.
DraftKings later issued a statement saying it had conducted a “thorough investigation” and found that “this employee could not have used the information in question to make decisions about his FanDuel lineup.”
But this still has left doubts in the minds of many as to what the employees know and when they know it. But one things is clear, whether they have insider information or not, DraftKings employees have been very successful playing daily fantasy sports at FanDuel.
On ESPN’s “Outside the Lines,” Darren Rovell reported that a FanDuel spokesperson had provided data on how much money DraftKings employees had won at FanDuel.
“Their data shows that Draft Kings employees have won 0.3% of the money [won at at the site],” Rovell said. “FanDuel has given out in prizes, close to $US2 billion, according to my calculations.”
If DraftKings employees have indeed won 0.3% of nearly $US2 billion, that would be close to $US6 million won. Rovell put the number at “less than $US10 million.”
What is not known is if that is net winnings — accounting for losses also — or just the gross winnings.
That is a big difference, but it also would seem that either number is significant.
According to research by Sports Business Daily, over one 3-month stretch, 91% of the player profits at DraftKings and FanDuel were won by just 1.3% of the players.
There are still plenty of unknowns in the daily fantasy sports industry and that is the biggest problem. More transparency is needed and without regulation, it is not clear when that will arrive.
We have reached out to DraftKings and FanDuel for comment.
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