Fanatics Raises the Stakes, Increases PointsBet US Bid to $225m

  • Fanatics increased its bid to $225m to surpass DraftKings’ $195m offer
  • PointsBet shareholders will vote on the offer on June 30
  • The PointsBet board recommended that shareholders vote in favor of the Fanatics bid
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Fanatics has increased its offer to acquire the US assets of PointsBet to $225m in an attempt to hold off DraftKings. [Image:]

Fanatics has increased the size of its offer to buy PointsBet’s US assets to $225m, a 50% increase from its previous bid. DraftKings attempted to hijack the transaction when it submitted a $195m bid on June 16. A vote will take place on June 30 among PointsBet shareholders about the most recent offer.

provides a superior price plus certainty”

PointsBet Chairman Brett Paton issued a statement about the latest bid, saying: “The Board unanimously supports the improved proposal from Fanatics Betting and Gaming, which provides a superior price plus certainty.” DraftKings had until Tuesday to submit a binding offer, but they failed to do so.

Fanatics is a popular sports merchandise and collectibles company. Its Fanatics Betting and Gaming subsidiary is leading its expansion in the betting space

If the deal goes ahead, then Fanatics will have a foothold in another dozen US states, including New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The company saw DraftKings’ attempt to derail its acquisition as a tactic to try to slow the company’s expansion in the sports betting market.

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