DraftKings Gearing Up For NFL Action With New $100 Million Giveaway

Posted on August 17, 2020 - Last Updated on May 27, 2024

DraftKings is hoping to make the start of the NFL season a memorable one.

The company is pumping out a brand new “$100 Million Golden Ticket Giveaway” promotion to help make that happen.

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Free NFL money with the DraftKings golden ticket promo

The giveaway is a massive investment from DraftKings for the start of the football calendar.

The company is handing out free site credit for everyone involved.

To kick things off, you can sign up for the promo here.

DraftKings will start by having you make a free NFL week one prediction. Pick a team you think will win during the opening slate of games, and you’re good to go.

Once you’ve made your pick, DraftKings will instantly credit your account with between $5 and $25,000 worth of site credit.

Since the NFL attracts so much betting interest, DraftKings is looking for a way to stand out. Giving out free money to its customers is one way to do exactly that.

However, the promotion doesn’t end there.

After you’ve made your NFL pick, you’ll be able to opt in to the Free Golden Ticket Giveaway.

One lucky user will end up winning $1 million in cash. The winner will be selected on Sept. 13.

Your week one prediction will also enter you into a free survivor pool for the NFL season.

You’ll be competing all season long if you’re able to keep making correct picks every week. The top prize for the contest is $1 million.

When it’s all said and done, DraftKings will have given away up to $100 million.

Even if you don’t plan on making weekly picks, the promo is still a great value for both new and existing DraftKings users. Free site credit and a chance at $1 million is a big win for everyone involved.

NFL and the coronavirus

Everyone’s excited to have football back, but the question is, how will the NFL deal with the health crisis?

DraftKings’ promo is great, but it only means so much if the league doesn’t end up playing games.

The NBA and NHL have become the model for safely playing sports in a pandemic-filled world.

Since the two leagues entered their respective bubbles, neither has recorded a single new case of COVID-19.

That’s a remarkable achievement considering the following people stay full-time in the bubble:

  • hundreds of players
  • coaches
  • reporters
  • housekeepers
  • food service workers
  • event staff members

The MLB, on the other hand, has not been so lucky.

Baseball has only been back for a handful of weeks, and the league is already having problems.

Several outbreaks have taken place between different teams.

So far, the league’s response to the outbreaks has been to simply postpone games.

The most recent example of this took place just this past weekend, when a pair of Reds-Pirates games were postponed after a Reds player tested positive for the virus.

The NFL is going to have to learn from these situations if it wants to make it through its season.

No NFL bubble

The difference between the MLB’s approach versus the NBA’s and NHL’s is the use of a bubble.

With basketball and hockey, it’s feasible to contain all the players and staff in a campus environment. That’s a lot harder to do for baseball or football.

Without a bubble, there won’t be any surefire way to prevent the spread of the virus.

Things could get tricky for the NFL, since it can’t really use baseball’s solution for potential outbreaks.

With so many games on each MLB team’s schedule, it’s relatively easy to reschedule a few games or cancel them altogether. Teams are used to having to do that anyway, since weather can end up postponing a game.

Since NFL teams only play 16 games, having to cancel a handful of them could be problematic for the season.

The NFL does have a plan for trying to limit any potential spread of the coronavirus.

But if the cracks in the plan start to show, the NFL season could end up in jeopardy.

With college football already on the brink, that could mean a messy fall for football fans.

At least for the time being, there’s no way to know if the NFL’s plan will be effective.

In the meantime, fans will be holding onto hope for some sort of football this year, and can take advantage of DraftKings’ latest football promotion for some fun.

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Jake Garza is a US Gambling Industry Analyst for Catena Media. He specializes in Midwest sports betting and casino content. Prior to covering the legal gambling industry, he spent time as a professional sports writer, reporting on teams such as the Cincinnati Bengals, Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers. Garza is currently working as a Managing Editor for PlayIndiana and PlayOhio, with previous stops at other well-known brands such as PlayIllinois and PlayMichigan. He has been covering the gambling industry since 2019, and currently works with a team of other journalists to provide comprehensive coverage of the legal U.S. gambling industry.

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