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‘Billion Dollar Fantasy:’ The Complex World Of Online Fantasy Sports And How Two Companies Changed The Game




The fantasy sports website DraftKings is shown on October 16, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.
The fantasy sports website DraftKings is shown on October 16, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Even if you don’t involve yourself in fantasy sports, you’ve probably at least heard of FanDuel and DraftKings.

Billion Dollar Fantasy: The High-Stakes Game Between FanDuel & DraftKings That Upended Sports in America by Albert Chen
Billion Dollar Fantasy: The High-Stakes Game Between FanDuel & DraftKings That Upended Sports in America by Albert Chen

The two start-up online fantasy sports companies became instant sensations, but the story with the complex new world they created doesn’t end there. It leads to a game-changing Supreme Court ruling in 2018 that legalized sports betting across the country.

In the book, “Billion Dollar Fantasy: The High-Stakes Game Between FanDuel & DraftKings That Upended Sports in America,” veteran sportswriter Albert Chen takes a deep dive into the history of gambling and fantasy sports in America and creates a narrative around the rise of daily fantasy sports and the entrepreneurs behind it.

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Albert Chen, author of the new book “Billion Dollar Fantasy: The High-Stakes Game Between FanDuel & DraftKings That Upended Sports in America” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), he’s also a senior editor at Sports Illustrated, where he’s authored more than a dozen cover stories