via press release:
DRAFTKINGS KICKS OFF LARGEST FANTASY FOOTBALL CONTEST EVER WITH $10 MILLION PRIZE POOL
ESPN and DraftKings to Bridge Season-Long and Daily Fantasy Football
ESPN Fantasy Football League Manager Player with Highest Finish in the DraftKings Millionaire Maker to be Awarded an Additional $1 Million for ESPN League Manager Leagues
Boston, Mass., and Bristol, Conn., August 5, 2015 – DraftKings Inc., a leading destination for daily fantasy sports, today announced the start of the $10 Million Guaranteed Millionaire Maker Fantasy Football Contest that will take place during Week One of the pro football season when the grand prize winner will walk away with $2 Million and the second place winner will take home $1 Million. ESPN, the leader in fantasy sports games and content for more than 20 years, is teaming up with DraftKings to award the ESPN Fantasy Football League Manager player who secures the highest number of fantasy points in the DraftKings Week One Millionaire Maker an additional $1 Million to split between all members of his or her season-long 2015 ESPN Fantasy Football League Manager league(s).
ESPN and DraftKings will bridge the season-long and daily contests for the first time through this event.
Fantasy football players can now enter the DraftKings $10 Million Guaranteed Millionaire Maker at www.draftkings.com for the opportunity to turn the $20 entry fee into $2 Million and to win a piece of the $10 Million purse. The contest on DraftKings.com will include all of the pro football games on Sunday, September 13th, plus the two Monday night games on September 14th,which will be televised on ESPN – Philadelphia at Atlanta (7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT) and Minnesota at San Francisco (10:20 p.m. ET / 7:20 p.m. PT). The Millionaire Maker grand prize winner and final leaderboard will be determined after the completion of Monday s games. Additionally, the ESPN Fantasy Football League Manager player who finishes with the highest-scoring entry will be awarded a bonus $1 Million to be shared with their ESPN League Manager league member(s). To create an ESPN League Manager league, players should go to www.espn.com/draftkings.
ESPN has been a leader in fantasy sports for over two decades, having launched the first online fantasy drafts and published fantasy sports content shortly after the launch of ESPN.com. Today, more than 12 million sports fans play ESPN Fantasy games across its four top games alone and ESPN Fantasy Football is the number one fantasy football game in the industry, with over 25 million transactions and 47 million alerts per week.
About DraftKings, Inc.
DraftKings, Inc. is a leading skill-based Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) gaming destination for fans in North America to compete in single-day online games for cash and prizes across the largest variety of professional and collegiate sports. DraftKings is the exclusive DFS partner of Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, NASCAR, Major League Soccer, and Ultimate Fighting Championship. Founded in 2012 by CEO Jason Robins, CRO Matt Kalish and COO Paul Liberman, DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, Mass