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Exclusive: DraftKings Raises Giant New Funding Round

Sep 01, 2016

DraftKings, the controversial daily fantasy sports site, has raised $153 million in new funding, Fortune has learned.

New investors include Revolution Growth, an investment firm co-founded by Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis. DraftKings previously had raised money from investment firms associated with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, while Major League Baseball also holds a small equity stake.

We had first reported on the round last week, albeit without the specific dollar amount. In conjunction with the deal, Revolution partner Steve Murray (ex-Softbank Capital) will join the DraftKings board of directors.

“Revolution Growth is a tremendous new partner for DraftKings, with an entrepreneurial outlook and spirit of innovation that meshes perfectly with the culture of our company," said DraftKings co-founder and CEO Jason Robins.

Revolution's Murray added: “Building a business is never easy, especially one that is leading the creation of a new marketplace, but Revolution has the expertise to help entrepreneurs execute on their ideas, especially where sports and policy intersect.”

Neither DraftKings nor Revolution would discuss valuation, although multiple sources say that the new round values DraftKings substantially lower than the approximately $2 billion post-money mark it received after raising capital in the summer of 2015.

Existing DraftKings investors include Accomplice, DST Global, FirstMark Capital, GGV Capital, The Raine Group and Wellington Management.

Update: A subsequent SEC filing reveals that the new investment is structured as debt, with a company source saying it's convertible notes that will soon convert into equity.

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