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SGE403 - Analyzing Positions of Fantasy Sports Operators

The number of companies operating fantasy sports continues to grow, with some estimates noting over half a million players participating on these platforms each year. With such a high level of interest from consumers, it's no wonder that companies have jumped on board with their own fantasy offerings. But, how does one successfully enter and operate in the fantasy sports space? Discover how operators navigate the regulations, challenges, and best practices as they use their own platforms to offer fantasy sports services.

This course is developed in partnership with the Fantasy Sports & Gaming Association (FSGA) and led by members & honorees of the FSGA: Brandon Loeschner, Partner, National Practice Leader in Gaming Services at RubinBrown; Stacie Stern, Government Affairs Director at FanDuel; Nic Sulsky, President of Monkey Knife Fight.

Course Overview & Modules

SGE403:Analyzing Positions of Fantasy Sports Operators is divided into 6 modules that cover how businesses succeed in joining the fantasy sports industry by offering their own platform.

Their discussions will be shared in closed captioned-videos, audio-only podcasts, and written transcriptions of the video lectures. In addition, you will also be able to review downloadable PDFs, visual resources and reading materials.

1. Challenge #1: Joining the Team

The fantasy sports industry is no stranger to the courtroom, legal setting, or lobbying arena nor are they strangers to success in those environments. The landscape of fantasy sports has changed drastically since its humble beginnings, thanks largely to critical course cases which have made daily fantasy sports legal in many states. This module will provide you with a wealth of knowledge and insight regarding landmark court cases as well as what battles the industry still finds itself fighting.

2. Clearing the Compliance Hurdles

Because the fantasy sports industry isn’t federally regulated, the “operator’s playbook” has 50 different versions all correlating to individual State law and practices. Where can operators hang an “Open for Business” sign? What regulations will dictate the terms and conditions of play? In this module, you will receive expert advice and tips on the numerous regulatory hurdles operators should know.

3. The Three R’s of Regulation

In the United States, the fantasy sports ecosystem is a heavily regulated environment. Although the thought or regulations may initially evoke a negative connotation, you’ll hear from the experts as to why strict laws may actually be an operator’s friend. In this module, you’ll be introduced to standards and responsibilities of the operator, vendors, and affiliate markets as well as what operators should work on in the months prior to launch.

4. CyberSecurity in Fantasy Sports

Daily fantasy sports is a global phenomenon and a social game enjoyed by nearly 60 million players. Technology opens the door for new ways to play, quick stat updates, and continual communication all which make the game more exciting. However, technology also opens the door to cyber-attacks and data vulnerability. In this module, you’ll hear from industry leaders as they share the good and not-so-good side of technology.

5. The Art of the Acquisition

In this module, we will examine the topic of operator challenges through a different lens. Rather than looking at the hurdles that a startup must clear, we will view the challenges of growing pains and player acquisition and retention. Successful operator and former president of Monkey Knife Fight, Nic Sulsky, shares his thoughts on the challenges of keeping your product fresh and unique and what’s required to remain competitive in this gaming space.

6. Expanding the Fantasy Sports Ecosystem

In the final module, Nic Sulsky will share his thoughts on the future of Monkey Knife Fight, the excitement of this industry, and the unlimited and untapped potential that is yet to come. This inspirational interview will encourage anyone wanting to get in the fantasy sports space to engage, create, and get active!

Course Title: SGE403 Analyzing Positions of Fantasy Sports Operators

Instructor(s): Brandon Loeschner, Stacie Stern, Nic Sulsky

Format & Length: Self-Paced, 6 Modules, 8 Hours

Instructional Video: 15 Videos, 75 Minutes

Course Resources: Videos, Podcasts, Closed Captioning, Lecture Transcriptions, Articles, PDF Guidebook, Interactive Activities

Credential Earned: Certificate of Completion from Ohio University's AECOM Center for Sports Administration

Price: $1,325

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“We are actively trying to work with legislatures, regulators, industry experts, accountants, lawyers, to help them educate about the industry because we want to do this the right way.” - Peter Schoenke, Rotowire Founder & President, FSGA Board Member


Earn a certificate from Ohio University’s AECOM Center for Sports Administration for completing each course and a Master Certificate for achieving all three. Complete your coursework anywhere in the world with EDLumina’s online education platform. Each class features high-quality video lectures and activities, interactive assessments, downloadable resources, and functionality on any computer or smart device. Certification from our Fantasy Sports program prepares you for future challenges related to the fantasy sports industry and demonstrates your commitment to integrity, compliance, and responsible operations.

Course #1:
SGE401 Introduction to the Fantasy Sports Industry

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Course #2:
SGE402 Interpreting Fantasy Sports Law, Compliance, and Regulations

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Course #3:
SGE403 Analyzing Positions of Fantasy Sports Operators

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