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DFS Revenue Growth Appears To Be Stalling

Written By Katie Callahan on July 5, 2018 - Last Updated on February 15, 2024
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The New York State Gaming Commission released a report indicating that the daily fantasy sports industry experienced dismal growth, $335 million in revenue and $3.2 billion in entry fees.

In 2016-17, the industry brought in the same amount in handle; revenue was just below where it sits now, at $327.3 million. This almost $8 million increase represents 2.4 percent growth, according to Legal Sports Report.

This report expands beyond New York to document the DFS industry. In general, DFS sites must report their total handle and revenue monthly. Because most of the sites are registered in New York, most of these reports, generated by DraftKings and FanDuel, go back to the state of New York.

Here’s a summary:

Resident percentage

  • Total entry fees from NYS locations: ~$297.2 million
  • Total entry fees from all players: ~$3.2 billion
  • Resident percentage: 9.3%

Gross revenue/tax

  • Total entry fees from all players: ~$3.2 billion
  • Less: Total winnings paid out to all players: ~$2.9 billion
  • Gross revenue before resident percentage: ~$335.1 million
  • Gross revenue after resident percentage: ~$31.2 million
  • Monthly tax: ~$4.04 million

Remittance payable to NYS Gaming Commission: ~$4.8 million

How it’s calculated

Even though New York gained about $4.8 million in tax revenue from DFS, New York is only about 10 percent of all DFS entry fees, according to the commission’s data.

The commission gathered this data from the 2017-2018 fiscal year reporting, which ended in March. Back in September 2016, the first month of DFS in New York, the commission calculated handle and revenue data. The year ended in August 2017, leaving five months for overlap and seven months’ worth of new data from September 2017 through March 2018.

What’s happening instead

Instead of performing as expected, the DFS industry is outside of projections forecast in 2015 when DraftKings and FanDuel were picking up pace.

Because of this adjustment, the industry has possibly changed directions, instead looking into sports betting.

New York just missed its chance for the year, but others are realizing the window is quickly closing for opportunities.

The NFL decided to maintain consistency in its request for involvement, remain positive, and avoid integrity fees. MLB, on the other hand, decided to keep with its more negative position by not taking ads from future sports betting advertisers.

Some casinos, like Caesars and MGM, already geared up for the action, with Scott Butera taking a position to expand interactive gaming into new markets, like Mississippi.

New Jersey got its sports betting and its first bets placed about mid-way through June. Pennsylvania, Mississippi, and West Virginia followed suit to offer legal sports betting, once regulations are in place.

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