PrizePicks, Underdog, Betr To Leave Florida Following Cease And Desist Letters

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Written By Giovanni Shorter | Last Updated
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Popular daily fantasy sports and Pick Em apps PrizePicks, Underdog, and Betr will cease their Florida operations beginning March 1. The Florida Gaming Control Commission sent out a second round of cease and desist letters to the operators. Both Underdog and PrizePicks have confirmed plans to exit the Sunshine State, with operations shuttering at the end of the month. Betr is likely to also be shuttering its operations.

Pick Em Sites Kicked Out Of Florida

The Gaming Control Commission argues that the Pick Em style game modes made popular by these operators are sports betting. Florida only allows for a single sports betting operator in Hard Rock Bet to offer betting odds to residents. Despite attempting to protest the request from the FGCC, operators have elected to bow out.

“We can confirm that we have reached a negotiated resolution with the FGCC to cease operating our current contests on March 1,” a PrizePicks spokesperson said in a statement. “That resolution, however, makes very clear that we are welcome to operate in the state in the future, and we will provide additional details on go-forward operations in due course.”

The Coalition for Fantasy Sports has also issued a statement regarding the issue. Despite the impending exit, the coalition confirms plans to continue to work to help operators remain in Florida.

“The Coalition for Fantasy Sports is committed to ensuring its member companies remain in the state and is actively engaging with Florida policymakers to protect the ability of fantasy sports fans to engage in the games of skill they enjoy,” a spokesperson with the Coalition for Fantasy Sports.

The coalition was formed as multiple markets pushed to remove these fantasy apps. There has been a growing pushback against these popular DFS providers, and Florida is the latest to force these products out of their market.

Multiple Markets Against DFS Pick Em Apps

Florida is not the only market actively working to remove these DFS apps. New York, Michigan, California, and Maine are among the operators in 2024 that have taken steps to shutter these operations. Even the American Gaming Association has sided with the states in their fight against these DFS apps.

“When some fantasy operators attempt to blur the lines and offer sports betting products, they undermine marketplace integrity, consumer protections, and tax revenue,” said Chris Cylke, AGA Senior Vice President of Government Relations.

This latest move in Florida does not appear to be the end of the prop-style fantasy sports saga.