PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Philadelphia 76ers today announced an industry-first enhancement to their existing partnership with daily fantasy sports leader DraftKings, Inc. with the introduction of team prizes and experiences in connection with select free, one-day fantasy basketball contests exclusively for Sixers fans.
With the announcement, the Sixers become the first NBA team to participate in a private DraftKings fantasy basketball contest and the first NBA team to offer team-branded prizes for DraftKings’ online daily fantasy sports.
“We are fortunate to have a partnership with DraftKings that allows us both to develop and create innovative ways to continually enhance our fans' experience in the digital space," said Sixers Chief Executive Officer Scott O'Neil. "This online daily fantasy basketball contest - which is the first of its kind in the NBA - speaks volumes about the vision and groundbreaking direction of DraftKings and the Sixers."
“Daily fantasy sports is undeniably breaking into the mainstream, and contests like this are exciting new territory for the industry,” said DraftKings Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Jason Robins. “We’re glad to have the Sixers onboard and willing to pioneer the space with us, and to continue bringing new prizes and exclusive experiences to our users.”
DraftKings, the Official Daily Fantasy Sports Partner of the Sixers, will offer tickets to upcoming Sixers games – either courtside or lower level seats – as prizes to the winner of each free one-day fantasy basketball contest.
Beginning Wednesday, fans will have access to the contest via the Sixers' digital and social platforms or by visiting www.draftkings.com/sixers. During the 17 single-day contests throughout the rest of the regular season, fans have the opportunity to draft a team of eight (8) NBA players and create a lineup with the object of scoring the most fantasy points.
All contestants must be eighteen (18) years or older to play and live within 75 miles of the Philadelphia city limits. Full schedule of contest dates can be found at www.Sixers.com with the below contest dates featuring a grand prize of courtside tickets:
|GRAND PRIZE COURTSIDE CONTESTS||PRIZE|
|Wed. 3/11||2 COURTSIDE TICKETS on Sat. 3/14|
|Sun. 3/15||2 COURTSIDE TICKETS on Fri. 3/20|
|Sun. 3/22||2 COURTSIDE TICKETS on Mon. 3/30|
|Mon. 3/30||2 COURTSIDE TICKETS on Wed. 4/8|
|Fri. 4/3||2 COURTSIDE TICKETS on Mon. 4/13|
|Tues. 4/7||2 COURTSIDE TICKETS on Wed. 4/15|
Today’s announcement is the latest development in a groundbreaking partnership between the Sixers and DraftKings. On December 2, 2014, the Sixers announced a multi-platform deal that made the team DraftKings’ first NBA partner.
For more information, contact Sixers Public Relations at 215-339-7666.
Launched in April 2012, Boston-based DraftKings, Inc. is a leading online gaming destination where players engage in daily fantasy sports competitions across professional football, baseball, golf, basketball, hockey, soccer and mixed martial arts, and college football and basketball. DraftKings offers free and pay contests every day that award cash prizes. All contests feature a salary cap format, and new contests are offered every day with instantaneous prize distribution for winners. For more information, visit DraftKings at www.draftkings.com, like DraftKings at www.facebook.com/draftkings, and follow DraftKings at www.twitter.com/draftkings.
ABOUT THE PHILADELPHIA 76ERS:
The Philadelphia 76ers are one of the most storied franchises in the National Basketball Association, having won three World Championships, earning nine trips to The Finals and making 47 playoff appearances over 66 seasons. The team is owned by an investor group led by Managing Owner Josh Harris and co-Managing Owner David Blitzer.
For more information, please contact Sixers Public Relations at 215-339-7666.