The following is a copy of content I just received from Draft Kings — Note that I don’t think the DK employee involved in the breaking scandal was intent on screwing others — I think that this whole mess has prompted the industry to be viewed differently and I think people will begin to be more mindful of their participation in any fantasy game that requires a ‘pay-in’ — I still think daily fantasy sports are on par with prop bets, subject to luck, and the industry should be subject to the same regulations as the gaming industry. I also think sports betting should be legal in the State of New Jersey — and any other state that deems it would be beneficial and the will of the people, regardless of what the NFL thinks. No disrespect to Mr. Goodell but it is the people who fund the League, and the argument that legalized sports betting hinders the integrity of the League is flawed.
As the three co-founders of DraftKings, we want to speak to you directly about what has been going on.
We know that you play DraftKings because it’s fun and because it gives you a chance to showcase your skills against millions of other fans, and we know that you cannot do that without a level playing field.
The fairness and integrity of our contests has been at the heart of everything we have built since we started the company three and a half years ago.
Over the past week, questions have arisen around an employee of ours who won a significant prize on a competitor’s site. While our internal investigation has reflected absolutely no wrongdoing on his part, this has still pushed us to reevaluate our processes.
Long before this happened, the wheels were in motion for an external review of our policies and procedures. Given the pace of our growth, we felt that an audit was critical to ensure the security of our platform, so we hired an external law firm experienced with these issues to conduct a full review.
But that is not enough. In addition to this audit, we have put in place a set of core measures that we believe are central to this process:
We expanded our existing policy prohibiting DraftKings employees from playing on our site to prohibit participation in any public daily fantasy sports contests for money.
We also will prohibit employees from any other Daily Fantasy Sports contest operator from participating in games on DraftKings.
We are actively reviewing our organizational structure and will add resources to ensure compliance with all recommendations stemming from internal and external findings.
We are working with multiple third parties to strengthen all internal policies and procedures.
The events of the past week have caused us to take a broader look and to ask those both here and externally to widen the scope of their analysis of our business.
We are aware that there is room for growth, regardless of the strength of our current platform. We will work tirelessly to improve all aspects of our customer experience, which is every bit as important to us as the effort we put into our product.
You will no doubt continue to hear from the media about both DraftKings and the industry. It is our prerogative to keep driving that conversation ourselves. We will work to respond to your concerns in complete transparency and to inform you of the steps we are taking to inspire your full trust.
Please know how grateful we are for the passion and loyalty you have shown DraftKings throughout our history and especially over the past week. You remain our greatest priority.
Jason Robins, Matt Kalish & Paul Liberman