DraftKings to Pay ESPN $250 Million for Ads Over Next Two Years

Leading Daily Fantasy Sports site DraftKings has entered into a lucrative ad deal with ESPN in which it plans to pay the sports network $250 million over the next two years.

This news comes just one month after ESPN parent company was set to pay DraftKings $250 million as part of an investment deal.  They backed out last minute.

As part of that deal, DraftKings was initially to spend $500 million on advertising with ESPN.  That arrangement has since been restructured.

Re/code has learned from multiple sources that top Disney executives ultimately got cold feet because of branding concerns. Disney wasn’t willing to stake its nearly-century old, family-friendly reputation on a company that’s building a business on what some would argue is a legalized form of sports gambling.

- Aaron Goldstein, Gambling911.com

By Aaron Goldstein
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