FanDuel CEO Opposes Collegiate Advertising as California Sports Betting Vote Draws Closer

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FanDuel CEO Amy Howe conducted a wide-ranging interview with Contessa Brewer at SBC Summit North Americas this week, outlining clearly that FanDuel will not be promoting the brand using college athletes. This comes ahead of the pivotal California betting ballot in which part of the argument against legalized online sports betting is that it encourages minors to gamble.

Howe suggested that FanDuel would be taking a “nuanced” approach to collegiate sports, suggesting that “by definition, a lot of those consumers are underage”. She suggested it would be irresponsible to have the company’s logo emblazoned on jerseys of young athletes, or all over stadiums where youngsters would be competing.

Betting on collegiate sports is often a sticking point in legislative discussions. Recent discussions in Massachusetts showed the House version of the bill outright banning wagering on collegiate sports; and this is not atypical of legislators across many states.

The California ballot in November is being dubbed as one of the biggest to date, and a large part of the opposition’s argument (to legalization) is that it can encourage youngsters to gamble. To date, PointsBet has established an official relationship with the University of Colorado, and Caesars Sportsbook with LSU – so it’s clear that the entire gambling industry is not quite on the same page when it comes to this.

March Madness, is, however, one of the most attractive betting propositions for punters and one of the most significant revenue drivers for operators. Using Illinois as an example, March 2022 saw over US$321m wagered on college sports (across tier one and two), compared to US$597m for professional sports. Although it’s not quite on-par, it’s clear the demand is there – and collegiate sports continue to attract significant interest compared to other sports that are not typically consumed in the United States.

Neil is a gambling industry veteran with over 15 years experience as a content writer, editor and speaker at events. He has a Masters degree in English Literature and Philosophy and has combined this analytical inquisitiveness with a passion for sports betting and casino gaming. Neil started his career with and helped build not only that site but various others such as, and numerous other sports informational sites, including and He then made the transition to the North American market, working both in the UK and in New Jersey to launch various sports betting and casino sites, including AmericanBettingExperts and NewAmericanCasinos. Working with regulators, Neil has helped to review sports betting sites and also test the regulated betting apps in a professional capacity. He now works almost exclusively in the US market and is one of the main reviewers and fact checkers on SportsLens gambling content. He also speaks at various gambling conferences including ICE, iGB Live and SBC Americas and has contributed to GamblingInsider, EGR Magazine and a number of others in a consulting capacity.

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