FanDuel, DraftKings Among Initial List of Released Operator Applicants in North Carolina

ESPN BET, BetMGM, bet365, Fanatics, and Underdog Fantasy also applying for operator license in Tar Heel State.

Dec 29, 2023 • 14:25 ET • 4 min read
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The first batch of operators looking to do business in North Carolina when legal sports betting launches in 2024 is in.

The North Carolina Lottery Commission released a list Friday of sportsbooks applying for an operator license: FanDuel, DraftKings, ESPN BET, BetMGM, bet365, Fanatics, and Underdog Fantasy. 

The first six were highly expected, especially with FanDuel, ESPN BET, bet365, and Fanatics already partnering with professional teams and venues in the Tar Heel State. 

The commission asked for operators to apply by Dec. 27 so that a go-live date can be determined for online sports betting and in-person wagering at specific sports venues. 

North Carolina sports betting officials say they need 60 days to vet and approve operators. They hope to have the launch in time for March Madness; it won’t be in time for the Super Bowl. 

A fantasy site?

The surprising application is Underdog Fantasy, which doesn’t currently offer sports betting, just daily fantasy sports. The commission determined last month to make a decision on allowing DFS at another time. 

Underdog Fantasy, though, has been rumored to be getting involved in traditional sportsbook offerings at some point. 

Where’s Caesars?

One glaring operator not mentioned by the commission in the initial list of applicants is Caesars Sportsbook, which operates in 20 U.S. states. 

That’s because Caesars has applied as a service provider under American Wagering since the company operates two of the three tribal casinos, which offer the only current sports betting in the Tar Heel State. 

This should give Caesars an easy avenue into providing online sports betting as well.

Other license applications

Along with Caesars, three other service providers have applied: NYX Digital, Score Media, and SDSV LTD. 

Twenty supplier companies have applied to provide technology, data, security, or integrity to sportsbooks. This list includes Simplebet, GeoComply, U.S. Integrity, and Sportradar.

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